On the European Day for Victims of Crime, REDRESS Stands in Solidarity with Victims

On this European Day for Victims of Crime, Victim Support Europe and signatories of this statement stand in solidarity with all victims of a crime across Europe, no matter who the victim is, no matter where the crime took place, no matter what it was.

Each year, more than 75 million people fall victim to serious crimes in the European Union. EU legislations, such as the 2012 Victims’ Rights Directive, has made a difference – helping victims to be treated respectfully, and to have support and protection. We welcome new initiatives such as the Proposal for a Directive on Combating Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, which further protects many of the most vulnerable.

Yet thousands upon thousands of victims are not fully protected by these laws. Thousands never report even the most terrible of crimes. Where victims do report a crime, they face significant challenges and anguish. In some countries, victims have no access to professional support.

In the 21st century, the most vulnerable in our societies must be taken care of. Justice systems should be safe for victims, protecting them as much as the accused. This is why, we welcome the commitment of the European Commission to update EU Victims’ laws and look forward to it urgently publishing a new Victims Rights Directive.

This is an opportunity to transform how we think about victims’ rights, and about their access to support, justice and protection. A robust Victims Rights Directive will form a strong foundation for all victims of all crimes, including for example victims of terrorism, victims with disabilities, and families of murdered victims who are not covered by current EU proposals. It will complement specialist laws focused on specific groups of victims ensuring a comprehensive system to protect and support every victim.

We call on every person to stand as one for victims and to support the publication of the revised Victims’ Rights Directive to ensure that no victim is forgotten or remains voiceless.

List of signatories:

Action Against Stalking
Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVIC)
AGE Platform Europe
Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima (APAV) Association for the Prevention and Handling of Violence in the Family (APHVF) / Σύνδεσμος για την Πρόληψη και Αντιμετώπιση της Βίας στην Οικογένεια (ΣΠΑΒΟ) Arbeitskreis der Opferhilfen
Bijeli krug Hrvatske (White Circle Croatia) Brottsofferjouren Sverige (Victim Support Sweden)
CAW Groep vzw
Center for Reproductive Rights
Child-Friendly Justice European Network (CFJ-EN)
Child Helpline International
Child Rights Centre of Albania (CRCA/ECPAT) Co-operation for the Development of Emerging Countries (COSPE Onlus)
Crime Victims Helpline
EMDR Europe
European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN)
European Disability Forum
European Federation of Road Traffic Victims
European Forum for Restorative Justice (EFRJ)
European Sex Workers Alliance (ESWA)
Federation for Victim Assistance
Fehér Gyűrű Közhasznú Egyesület
France Victimes
Humanitarian Law Centre Foundation
International Road Victims Partnership (IRVP)
Irish Road Victims Association (IRVA)

Irish Tourist Assistant Centre (ITAS)
Klaipėda Social and Psychological Support Center
La Strada International
Mediante – Centre pour une justice restauratrice
Missing Children Europe
Offerrådgivningen i Danmark
Opferhilfe Schweiz (Victim Support Switzerland) Organisation Intersex International Europe (OII Europe) Payoke
Platform for International Cooperation on Undocumented Migrants (PICUM)
Rete Dafne Italia
Rikosuhripäivystys (Victim Support Finland- RIKU) Skalbes
Slachtofferhulp Nederland
Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children
Transgender Europe (TGEU)
Udruga za podršku žrtvama i svjedocima (Victim and Witness Support Service Croatia)
Victim Support Europe
Victim Support (England and Wales)
Victim Support Malta
Victim Support Northern Ireland
Victim Support Scotland
Viktimolosko drustvo Srbije (Victimology Society Serbia) Vilias
Weisser Ring Austria
Weisser Ring Germany