Objectives and Strategy

The objectives of V-SAC are as follows:

To continue to provide a first-class service whose primary goal is to meet the needs of victims of crime and/or their families or witnesses, by ensuring that they are assisted and supported in a professional and caring manner when attending for pre-trial visits and court proceedings.

This objective will continue to be achieved by:

Providing information about what to expect in court, including a chance to see the court before the trial commences and to learn about court procedures;

Facilitating access to a private area, away from the general public, that offers security and privacy; 

Providing someone to listen to confidentially about the case;

Providing easier access to appropriate professionals, including court staff, who can answer specific questions about the case; 

Referring victims of crime and their families to other support agencies or organisations as appropriate.

To continue to recruit, train and support volunteers to undertake the work of court accompaniment in a comprehensive and professional manner so that a sufficient number of volunteers is always available to continue to carry out the work of V-SAC. A core level of at least 20 volunteers shall be maintained at all times.

To seek outside donations and funding to supplement the annual grant received from the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime.

Subject to funding, V-SAC aims to become a national organisation which will extend its court accompaniment services to assist victims of crime and/or their families or witnesses and to provide regular support and information to the criminal court system throughout Ireland.

To promote support for victims of crime generally..