Message of Condolences on the Passing of Eva Larsson

12 Apr, 2019

The Secretary General of Victim Support Sweden has passed away

Eva Larsson, the Secretary General of Victim Support Sweden has passed away at the age of 60 after a period of illness. She will be remembered for her tremendous efforts for victims of crime.

“It is with great sadness we inform you of Eva’s passing. Eva has been the driving force in developing Victim Support Sweden and working to ensure that all victims of crime have their rights and needs met. Our thoughts in this difficult time go to her family and close friends,” says Sven-Erik Alhem, Chairman of the Board at Victim Support Sweden.

Eva Larsson joined Victim Support Sweden in 1995, initially working as the manager for training within the organisation, then stepped into the role as Secretary General in 2001. Under her leadership, the organisation has developed and now provides support to approximately 70,000 crime victims, witnesses and relatives each year.

Eva Larsson led the work of highlighting particularly vulnerable victim groups. For example, she initiated projects to strengthen support for victims with disabilities, women exposed to violence, children who witnessed violence, children exposed to crime, young people, the elderly, LGBTQI people and people who have suffered hate crime and crimes against democracy. Through the years, she has also worked tirelessly to strengthen collaboration between organisations and authorities that come into contact with victims. She realised early on that collaboration is a prerequisite for all victims to be offered and receive support.

Eva Larsson’s passing is a great loss for the victim support movement in Sweden and beyond. Eva worked to ensure the strengthening of support services in Sweden, both in terms of victims’ rights and access to support. It is a work we will now carry on in her spirit, says Fredrik Mellqvist, Acting Secretary General, Victim Support Sweden.