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My personal experience of being a victim in a horrific murder trial and seeing  firsthand what support was available locally post trial, showed a severe chasm in the rehabilitation of all victims involved especially the emotional support provided.

The campaign “Petition to Stop Victims of Crime Having to Suffer a Life Sentence” concerns bridging the gap between justice and the road to recovery.

Undergraduate and postgraduate students from the Aberdeen Law Project contacted and examined the services and charities that provide services in this area.  Their findings suggested that there was a gap in post trial support for all victims involved, the lack of support can often hinder the victims road to recovery therefore we want to prevent the re-victimisation of all people involved.

Research was conducted through various online forums where other victims shared their concern and disappointment regarding post trial support.  This research is unpublished.

Dave McKenna Chief Executive of Victims Support Scotland has given support and assistance in regards to the petition and the potential outcome.  

I have contacted Councillor Mark MacDonald MSP North East who has provided his support and has made numerous endeavours to assist the campaign and petition through the initial stages: the organisation of Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill to meet informally regarding the need for greater support in the rehabilitation of victims.

Graeme Dey MSP Angus South has agreed to be support the petition.

To raise wide spread awareness of the problems at hand I have organised a 17 day walk from Tarves to Edinburgh.

There has been an abundance of media coverage throughout all stages of the petition. Media organisations such as Press and Journal, ITV Day Break, BBC, Daily Record, Shmu Radio, Reporting Scotland.

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