The Scottish Government is putting victims and their needs at the very heart of our justice system with investment in cutting edge virtual reality technology. Victims and witnesses can naturally find giving evidence in court a daunting prospect. That’s why this unique project using innovative technology to support and prepare victims for court could prove transformative. It has the potential to reduce anxiety and additional trauma, and also reduces the need for victim and witnesses to travel long distances to familiarise themselves with a court environment. The use of virtual reality technology will help to prepare victims and witnesses and support them to give their best evidence. This project is part of the Scottish Government‘s wider work that has seen more than £93 million invested through the justice budget over the past five years to prioritise victims' rights and needs. Our Victim Centred Approach Fund continues this important commitment, making £48 million available to victims’ organisations.
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