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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-21508: Kezia Dugdale (Lothian)

Scottish Labour

Date lodged: 6 February 2019

To ask the Scottish Government how it defines a "victim" in the context of a crime.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 20 February 2019


The Scottish Government wishes to ensure that appropriate support, information, advice and assistance is provided as required to a wide range of victims of crime. No particular definition is therefore generally applied. This reflects the legal position in Scotland whereby there is no overarching statutory definition of “victim” albeit that some criminal justice legislation provides bespoke definitions of the term for certain limited purposes.