Each year plenty of people become victims of crimes. A crime violates the victim’s physical and (or) psychological integrity and may damage the person’s self-esteem and trust in other people. Therefore, professional communicating by pre-trial investigation officers is a crucial precondition for avoiding further negative and harmful consequences related to the experienced crime.

    The Human Rights Monitoring Institute gathered a team of nine experts and produced a practical Handbook for law-enforcement officers “Communicating with victims of crime”. The aim of the Handbook is to equip law enforcement officers with the knowledge and skills on how to communicate with victims in a respectful, sensitive and professional manner without discrimination of any kind. Special emphasis is placed on communicating and providing help to especially vulnerable victims – children, persons with psychosocial or intellectual disabilities, victims of sex crimes, human trafficking, domestic violence and hate crimes.

    This Handbook was reviewed by the Prosecutor’s General Office of the Republic of Lithuania, Mr Levant Altan from Victim Support Europe (Belgium) and Mr Pär Stihl from Linnaeus University (Sweden).

    Publications 9 Apr, 2019

  • Supporting Victims Of Terrorism | Report Of The Invictm Symposium In Stockholm 2018

    In May 19, 2018, INVICTM – International Network Supporting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence – held its second international symposium on Supporting Victims of Terrorism in
    Stockholm, Sweden. This report reflects the discussions held during the symposium.

    Given the complexities of supporting victims of terrorism, experts recommend a flexible approach to responding to each unique terrorist attack. Years of experience and expertise, however, allow us to identify some common predictable challenges and the practical solutions that can address them. Participants from around the world identified local challenges and practical solutions for supporting victims of terrorism during the symposium.

    29 Mar, 2019

  • Remembering Victims of Terrorism: A Guidance Document

    Over the past 10 years, Europe has been the target of numerous terrorist threats and attacks, which have not only affected victims and their families, but have also affected society as a whole.
    In the days after an attack, governments, communities and organisations are involved with the immediate needs of those affected. Spontaneous memorials, usually in the form of flowers and messages, often take place as people feel the need to come together in solidarity and recognition of the victims. However, plans to organise formal commemoration of the attack and its victims will soon be developed: involving different stakeholders with converging needs.
    This document looks to provide guidelines to support the organisation of remembrance events for victims and thus anticipate challenges that may arise for the organisers.

    Publications 21 Mar, 2019