‘Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses’
We have great pleasure in formally announcing the VSE’s Annual Conference 2017 ‘Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses’ which will take place 17 and 18 May 2017 at the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin, Ireland.
The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses’.
On the 16th of November 2015 the Victims’ Directive was transposed into EU law. At the international level, laws and conventions have been in place for over 35 years. Whilst we have seen many improvements, still today, these rights either do not exist in reality for many victims of crime.
Government, police, victim support organisations, lawyers and other key stakeholders need to work together ensure that victims of crime are getting access to their rights in practice in line with national, European and international laws. Assessing the needs of victims of crime is key in order to ascertain whether current responses are adequate.
This year’s Conference will focus on all victims of crime but it will also consider emerging trends in victims’ rights, needs and responses internationally. In particular, the Conference will consider the needs and responses for victims of terrorism, hate crime, online crime and historical abuse.
Victim Support Europe, Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVIC), the Victims’ Rights Alliance (VRA), Victims Support NI invite you to attend the VSE annual conference and use the opportunity to network and learn from people working with victims of crime from around the world. You will forge new connections and reignite old ones, which will facilitate the sharing of information and best practice once you return home from the conference.
The conference will be as interactive as possible allowing participants to contribute their expertise as a victim support practitioner, researcher, academic, policy maker, criminal justice official, restorative justice practitioner, government representative, victim’s advocate, fundraiser or health care professional who is committed to the cause of victims of crime.
If you want to contribute to the conference we invite you to respond to the call for workshop proposals. You can download the submission form from the website. Submission forms are due by Friday 17th of March.
Let’s meet & network in 2017! We hope to meet you personally in Dublin!