Special on the EU Victims' Rights Directive

In Europe, around 300 million crimes are reported to the police every year. Leaving victims vulnerable and often in need of assistance, while they may have to speak to police officers, lawyers and judges and ultimately go to court. The EU Victims’ rights directive establishes minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime ensures that victims are recognised, treated with respect and receive proper protection, support and access to justice. Last November was the final date the directive should have been implemented by all EU member states. In this CEP newsletter special we review the state of play.

Victim Support Europe: "The Victims' Rights Directive is just the beginning"

The Victims' Rights Directive can make a significant difference to victims' lives if it is fully and properly implemented. Victim Support Europe Executive Director Levent Altan: "I see it as a promising beginning, the next phase in European victims' rights."


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