An essential service helping victims of crime reaches a milestone this year.
Victim Support Scotland has been providing support and advice for people affected by crime for 30 years.
It has a branch office in Castle Business Park in Stirling, an outreach office in the Procurator Fiscal offices in Camelon and runs a witness service at Falkirk Sheriff Court.
Victim Support volunteers contact people by phone, offer office appointments or home visits and can help them come to terms with what has happened to them and provide practical assistance in completing insurance claims or filling out criminal injuries compensation forms. The free service has helped hundreds of victims of crime over the years.
The witness service based in Falkirk Sheriff Court provides help to people giving evidence in court.
The initiative can arrange visits to let witnesses see the inside of a courtroom before they make an appearance. The service also allows witnesses to learn about the process of giving evidence, be talked through the justice process and have the courthouse practicalities explained.
The volunteers are available every day and can provide emotional support for anyone worried about giving evidence.
For more information on the service or to find out how to become a volunteer, contact the victim service on (01324) 633433 or witness service on (01324) 639130.