Proposals to allow witnesses of crime to give anonymous evidence in court and make criminals pay to support their victims have been put out for public scrutiny.
Two Holyrood committees have issued a call for evidence on the Victims and Witnesses (Scotland) Bill.
The Bill could allow vulnerable witnesses to give evidence behind a screen or by CCTV.
It also proposes the creation of a National Confidential Forum (NCF) for adults who were placed in institutional care as children to report abuse.
The Bill aims to put the interests of victims, and those who appear to be victims, at the heart of the justice system and ensure witnesses are able to fulfil their public duty in court effectively.
Justice Committee convener Christine Grahame said: "It is vital this Bill improves the rights and support for victims and witnesses as they pass through the criminal justice system. We are interested in hearing from those who have been directly affected by crime.
"Should offenders contribute to the cost of supporting victims? Should vulnerable witnesses have an automatic right to give their evidence behind a screen or by CCTV? And, more generally, does the Bill do enough to balance the rights of victims with those of offenders?"
The Health and Sport Committee will examine the NCF, which has been described as "a confidential, non-judgmental and supportive setting" to recount experiences of care.
Convener Duncan McNeil said: "These proposals seem particularly timely and it is vital that a forum is provided for adults who were placed in care to recount their experiences in a confidential setting. However, given the importance of this issue to those that have been in care, it's imperative that we get the detail of this proposal right."
Deputy convener Bob Doris said: "Our committee wants to hear from stakeholder organisations, charities and those that have been in care on what they think of this proposal. The views of those directly affected by the creation of this forum will be vital in ensuring that the committee effectively scrutinises this important piece of legislation."