We need you
Victim Support Europe is growing from strength to strength, and at the heart of its success is its membership. VSE has three categories of membership: Full Membership, Associate Membership, and Supporter of VSE (corporate and individual); meaning that anyone can join VSE from a victim support organisation in Europe through to, a University, Ministry, Company or any individual around the world interested in supporting victims’ issues.
Through this approach, we hope to give everyone the possibility to join our mission whilst retaining victim support at the heart of our organisation.
The strength of VSE derives from this diversity of membership. Your participation in VSE helps us to increase and spread our knowledge and expertise, ensure we represent all victims’ interests from every country and constantly strengthen those rights. To apply for membership click here.
The benefits of joining
Victim Support Europe provides a range of opportunities for members to come together and learn from each other through the exchange of information and practices. Drawing on expert knowledge from every sector we are developing victims’ policies, guidance, monitoring mechanisms and much more.
Joining VSE means becoming part of a large community of people and organisations devoted to victims rights.
Your voice in Europe
With 25 years of experience representing victim organisations from around Europe, VSE is recognised as one of the leading umbrella organisations advocating for victims’ rights.
We have consultative status with the UN’s ECOSOC committee and have regular contacts with the Council of Europe. We also have regular meetings with the European Commission to inform them of the situation in Member States, of developments in policy from across Europe and the world, and to influence developing EU policy and legislation. We were directly involved in the development of the EU Victims Directive.
VSE acts at the European and international level to support Members national efforts to improve the situation of victims, both for country specific and multi-country issues. We do so both on our own and joining with other European and international organisations to strengthen our voice.
Gaining and sharing knowledge
Victim Support Europe aims not only to develop European and International policies but also to help each individual member strengthen their own capacity and services. Some of the ways we are doing this are:
- Publications Database: besides the range of publications and information we collate and disseminate through our newsletter, twitter, youtube, pinterest and facebook, we are developing a publications database accessible for members – we have begun uploading the 900 titles we already have available and will continue to develop the database every week.
- Contacts Database: To help members find the right person or organisation for their situation, we are also developing a contacts database. The database will allow you to find the organisation or individual you need for your project, field of research for a specific query or to help a victim in a cross border situation.
- Members’ Forums: VSE’s new Intranet also provides the possibility for Members to discuss topics through forums. Forums can be closed or open, and will be set up based on demand. Already we are looking to create forums on supporting victims of terrorism and on EU funding.
- Conferences: VSE organises two conferences every year, bringing together a wide diversity of actors working on or interested in the field of victims’ rights and victim support. These Conferences are designed not only to increase knowledge and sharing of practices, but also to maximise opportunities for networking. For Full Members, and where funding is available Associate Members, the majority of travel and accommodation costs are covered by VSE.
- Events and training: VSE organises at least three workshops or training events every year, with travel and accommodation of Full Members covered by VSE. Where funding is available, access to these events is also extended to Associate Members.
We are aiming over time to increase the number of events per year and to broaden access to Supporter Members as well. Examples of previous workshops include accessing EU funding, establishing victim support helplines, continued development of helplines, developing standards for victim support.
Deliver for victims
Victim Support Europe is constantly seeking new ways to help its members meet their objectives and improve rights and services for victims in their own country. This work is prioritised towards Full Members, but based on capacity we seek to help all members.
We help Member organisations with policy advice and input into monitoring of national legislation. We are supporting members establish or widen victim support services in their countries. We also help find partners for project proposals or identify best practices from around the world based on their own requests or priorities.
We’re seeking innovative ways and systems to join up organisations when helping victims across borders, whilst helping victims find the right support organisation in their country.
In the future, we also hope to develop technologies and services which will help victim support organisations deliver for victims and help increase victims access to information and support.
You can help shape the future
Victim Support Europe is committed to evaluating existing international policies and laws, identifying gaps and developing solutions. We do this through internal projects and increasingly through policy groups and consultation with Members. Full members are generally consulted on all policy developments as of right; they also have voting rights in General Meetings and the possibility to be represented on the Executive Board.
Associate Members and Supporters of VSE may participate in discussions by invitation – our aim is to be as inclusive and representative as possible – your involvement is everyone’s gain.
Full membership is open to non-governmental Victim Support organisations in a European state as defined by the Council of Europe. The organisation provides or oversees a range of generic services of practical, psychological and emotional support to victims of crime on a national level. Such services must be available to all victims of crime.
Consideration for full membership will be given to organisations operating at a sub state level that provide support services ale to a significant group of people within the population or provide a substantial range of services.
In order to be eligible to join as a full member you must comply with a number of conditions which are summarised below. Full details are available here. These conditions are to help ensure certain minimum standards whilst being broad and flexible enough to recognise and encompass the many different situations found across Europe.
Victim Support Organisations interested in full membership are invited to contact VSE’s Administrative Officer for more information and support.Apply now
Summary of Conditions for Full Membership
A full member is an independent, non-governmental organisation in a European State (of the Council of Europe) that:
- Provides a range of general services, including at least emotional and practical support, for all victims of crime
- Operates at a state or national level
- Provides or makes available support to a substantial group of the population
- Provides services free of charge to the end service user
- Ensures that the confidentiality of the service user is respected
- Ensures that all staff and volunteers working with or supporting victims of crime receive an appropriate level of training in accordance with the nature of their contact with the victim and the type of crime involved.
- Has a non-discrimination policy prohibiting any discrimination based on any ground.
- Has clear and transparent governance and financial control mechanisms in place
- In order to become a full Member, every organisation must generally agree with and support the principles, policy, standards and good practice guidelines that may from time to time be agreed by Victim Support Europe.
If you have any questions please just contact us.
Membership fees for 2016 are provided below. Fees are based on the Annual income of each organisation.
VSE recognises the important and valuable work undertaken in Europe and around the world by governments, NGOs, academic and research institutions and at an international, national, regional or local level. It also recognises the significant contribution of thousands of individuals to improving the situation of victims.
VSE works on an inclusive basis and believes the best way to achieve change is by listening to, involving and supporting others. To enable organisations and individuals around the world to be part out our Community, VSE has an associate membership scheme.
Any individual or organisation which works on victims issues may apply for Associate Membership. Such individuals and organisations must broadly support the aims and objectives of VSE. Full conditions of membership can be found here.Apply now
The membership fee for 2016 is €250 per individual or organisation.
Supporters of VSE
We know that there are many people and organisations around Europe and world who do not work in the victims’ field but who wish to contribute or to learn more. Joining us as a Supporter not only helps us carry our more projects and work for victims but demonstrates how much our societies care about victims. Your solidarity with victims makes a real difference and strengthens our voice for victims.
As a Supporter you will have access to our publications and contacts database and will be able exchange information and best practices with VSE member organisations across Europe and the World and have access to the community of experts in the field of Victims’ rights.
Any individual or organisation may become a Supporter of VSE provided they support the mission and goals of VSE and do not act in any way contrary to those goals or against victims in general.Apply now
Membership fees for 2016 are provided below.
Benefits according to Membership
As Full, Associate or Supporter, your membership is very important for all the victims in Europe. Please find information about the conditions here.Apply now