• Welcome to Victim Support Europe’s New website

    We’ve been busy over the last few months to create a new experience for you on our website. We hope you enjoy it and find it informative and helpful. Get the latest news on victims’ issues You’ll find lots of features focused on victims’ issues such as VSE’s latest news; the latest tweets; Youtube videos; […]

    News 29 Jan, 2016


    As a partner of the IVOR project – promoted by APAV and co-financed by the European Commission under Criminal Justice Programme – VSE is delighted to announce the IVOR Policy Seminar which will take place on 14 January in Lisbon. How is the victim actual experience improved in practice through the transposition of the Victims’ […]

    News 24 Nov, 2015


    On 10 November 2015 João Lázaro, President of the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) was elected President of Victim Support Europe at our General Meeting which took place in Brussels. João Lázaro has been working for APAV since 1995, first as Secretary General, then as CEO and since 2013 as President. Over the past […]

    News 19 Nov, 2015

  • PICUM’s launches guide Toolkit on How to Use the EU Victims’ Directive to advance protection, services and justice for undocumented victims

    The EU Victims’ Directive (2012/29/EU) grants equal rights and protection to all victims of crime. Article I of the Directive stipulates that the Directive applies to all victims of crime, regardless of their residence status. The Directive is therefore a crucial framework to support undocumented victims in obtaining protection, access to services and justice. At VSE’s […]


  • Raising our voices for #VictimsRights

    16 November 2015 – In the light of our awareness raising campaign around the implementation deadline of the EU Victims Directive, VSE has launched a Thunderclap. Through this crowdspeaking platform we invited organisations, individuals and politicians to join us and ‘RaiseTheirVoiceFor#VictimsRights’ through the following message: 75 million victims of crime in EU per year. EU Victims […]


  • European NGOs call on EU governments to implement EU Victims Directive

    Brussels, 16 November 2015 – Today, 16 November, is an important day. Today, all Member States of the EU (except Denmark), are obliged to have implemented Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. The EU Directive on Victims’ Rights The Directive requires rights for all victims of […]


  • Solidarity with victims of terrorism

    Over the last days and weeks, we have seen several terrible terrorist attacks that have killed and injured hundreds of people. Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with all those affected by these barbaric acts. The people who have been injured or who witnessed the attacks, as well as the loved ones of those affected […]


  • Solidarité avec les victimes d’actes terroristes

    Au cours des derniers jours et semaines , il y a eu plusieurs attaques terroristes qui ont tué et blessé des centaines de personnes. Nos pensées et nos plus sincères condoléances vont à tous ceux qui sont touchés par ces actes barbares . Les personnes blessées ou qui ont été témoins des attaques, ainsi que […]


  • The implementation of the Victims’ Rights Directive is one of Commissioner Jourova’s key priorities for 2016

    Commissioner of Justice, Consumers and Gender Equality, Věra Jourová, spoke at Victim Support Europe’s conference at the European Parliament on 9th of November. The Conference, hosted by Teresa Jiménez-Becerril Barrio, MEP and co-hosted by Axel Voss, MEP, titled “Putting victims’ rights into practice: where are we?” The conference focused on the Directive establishing minimum standards […]


  • 15 December – World day of remembrance for road traffic victims

    On Sunday, 15th November, the 20th anniversary of the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims 2015 was observed internationally and the 10th anniversary since its recognition by the United Nations. The World Day of Remembrance (WDR) exists to create a global culture of proper road safety. Celebrating the memory of those friends and […]


  • FRA launches animation films on children and justice

    The Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) published a series of animation films about rights that children should enjoy when being involved in judicial proceedings. These rights include children’s right to be heard, their right to protection and legal representation, and their right to be informed about what is going on. These awareness-raising films are targeted at […]

    News 23 Oct, 2015

  • Roundtable Discussion with International NGO Networks

    On 29th of September Victim Support Europe (VSE) invited international NGO networks and institutions dealing with victims’ rights and support to participate in a roundtable discussion hosted by the European Commission Directorate-General for Justice. The event was attended by 17 organisations including ILGA Europe, End FGM European Network, AGE-Platform, PICUM, Inclusion Europe, Women Against Violence […]

    News 22 Oct, 2015