23 Feb ‘Did you know?’ Thursdays
Did you know that yesterday, February 22nd, was the EU Victims of Crime Day?
In 2011, the Commission proposed a legislative package to strengthen the legal framework on victims’ rights. This included a proposal for a directly binding and effectively enforceable Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. In 2015 the directive entered into force.
Yet, even if the Directive has been transposed into law into many EU jurisdictions, victims are often left unaware of their rights, are treated with suspicion and scepticism by authorities, or are not informed of their assailant’s release. Victims have a legal right to better treatment. That is why raising awareness about victims’ rights and support services on 22 February (and every day of the year) is important.
– In Austria, Victims’ Day was hosted by the Weisser Ring in collaboration with the Federal Ministry of Interior. Many different stakeholders (police, criminal justice officials, victim support organisations and other) were present.
– In Belgium, Steunpunt organized a Conference day at the Flemish Parliament. The main topics addressed were burn-out and compassion fatigue of victim Supporters, and cybercrime (online fraud, sexting, stalking).
– In Finland, Victim Support Finland wrote a press release concerning their growing services.
What about Malta ? Victim Support Malta staff and volunteers distributed flyers about victims’ rights in Valletta.
Curious to know more? Click here for more information.