• Information on support for victims of 22 March attacks in Brussels

    Following the 22 March terrorist attacks in Brussels Victim Support Europe is helping with the co-ordination of victim support for foreign victims. We do not provide direct support ourselves but we can help them to get the support they need. You can also find a list of victim support organisations in different EU Member States […]

    News 23 Mar, 2016

  • The EU Directive on Combating Terrorism – Making a difference for Victims of Terrorism

    Today on the 12th European Day for the Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism, we have been honoured and humbled to hear testimonies from victims from around Europe at the dedicated events organised by the Radicalisation Awareness Network Centre of Excellence. We listened to people’s stories whose lives have been devastated and transformed by terrorist atrocities. […]

    News 11 Mar, 2016

  • A short A-Z on the EU Directive on Combating Terrorism

    Today, on the 12th European Day for the Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism we are honouring and remembering all victims of Terrorism. We also heard today that the Justice Council adopted a general approach on a proposed EU Directive on Combating Terrorism. Because the EU and it’s decision making processes can seem very complex and […]


  • Victim Support Europe launches video on Victims’ Rights and Victim Support in the EU

    22 February 2016 – On the European Day for Victims of Crime Victim Support Europe launches this video on victims of crime in Europe. The video explains the problem of victimisation in the EU and describes the potential consequences of victimisation for victims of crime. It also describes the rights of all victims of crime in Europe. Furthermore, […]

    News 22 Feb, 2016

  • The EU Victims’ Directive on EU Day for Victims of Crime 2016: Infringement cases opened against 16 Member States

    22 February 2016 – On European Day for Victims of Crime we are looking at the state of Victims’ Rights in the EU. In 2011, the European Council and European Parliament adopted an historic piece of EU legislation greatly strengthening the rights of victims of crime. In this way all European countries (except Denmark) committed themselves […]


  • National events to mark European Day for Victims of Crime

    22 February 2016 marks European Day for Victims of Crime. In recognition of that day, national organisations around Europe held a series of events. Below you will find information on some of the events that took place in: Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania and Serbia   AUSTRIA – […]

    News 16 Feb, 2016

  • VSE present at UN Conference on Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism

    VSE was represented by our President João Lazaro at The UN Conference on Human Rights of Victims of Terrorism that took place on Thursday 11 February at the United Nations Headquarters. Victim Support England and Wales was also in attendance to ensure a strong presence of victim support organisations. The Conference, organised By by the United […]

    News 12 Feb, 2016

  • 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 […]