Victims & Witnesses

In 2023, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice and Home Affairs launched the Trauma Informed Justice Knowledge and Skills Framework for working with Victims and Witnesses, developed by NHS Education for Scotland (NES).

The framework has been developed in recognition of the considerable and multiple ways in which victims and witnesses can experience the criminal justice system as making their prior experiences of trauma worse, and the negative impact this has on their ability to effectively engage in the process, and to recover.

Click on the links below to access the framework along with associated documents, evidence on which the framework is based, and some initial learning resources.

  • The Framework

    Access the Trauma Informed Justice Knowledge and Skills Framework, the Executive Summary and a recording of witnesses talking about the importance of the framework

  • Literature and Evidence

    Read the reports summarising the findings from interviews with witnesses, victims and justice leaders, and access the bibliography for the Trauma Informed Justice Framework

  • Learning Resources for Trauma Informed Justice Workers

    Access some initial learning resources for trauma informed justice workers here.