European Day for Victims of Crime

February 22nd, 2016 § 0 comments

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DG Justice, webpage

22 February marks the European Day for Victims of Crime.

On 16 November 2016, new EU rules entered into force for better protection for victims of crime in the EU.  The objective of the new rules is that all victims of crime and their family members are recognised and treated in a respectful and non-discriminatory manner based on an individual approach tailored to the victim’s needs.

As is set out in the Implementation Handbook for Practitioners, “It is fundamental that all professionals (police officers, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, counsellors, social workers, members of NGOs, etc.) working with victims with specific protection needs receive specialised training to a level appropriate to their contact with victims as stated in Article 25 of the Victims’ Directive. The training should help professionals, at their own level, to recognise and deal with victims with specific protection needs, evaluate the impact of crime on victims, recognise coping strategies and how to identify and limit risk of re-victimisation, so as to ensure the best possible outcome for the victim at the time when the assessment is conducted”. The Handbook can be downloaded here.

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