Results of the 2-year VICToRIIA Project funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union
Ahead of the European Day for Victims of Crime, the final conference of the project VICToRIIA (Best Practices in Victims’ Support: Referrals, Information, Individual Assessment) took place in Brussels, in the premises of the Permanent Representative of Romania to the European Union on the 20th of February.
The meeting gathered some 100 delegates from 15 EU countries. Participants included victim support workers, civil society representatives, research institutions, law enforcement agencies and policy makers, who came together to discuss the national barriers in implementing the EU Victims’ Rights Directive and the achievements of the project, namely, best practices in provision of information, referral and individual needs assessment in accessing support.
The major objectives of the Project were twofold: to ensure that victims of crime in Lithuania, Romania, Italy and Portugal have access to and are offered tailored victim support services suited to their needs and that the results of the Project will be available and transferrable to situations across Europe.
The conference was especially timely as it coincided with the VSE’s current preparatory work to provide the input for the new EU Strategy for Victims’ Rights for 2020-2024. The Strategy will be presented by the European Commission in June 2020 and will focus on empowering victims, strengthening cooperation and coordination between national authorities, improving protection and support to victims and facilitating access to compensation.
For the results of the conference, please see: