The EU Victims Directive, which provides substantial legal rights to victims of crime, lies at the heart of a comprehensive EU legislative package that seeks to ensure that all victims of crime have procedural rights to information, support, and protection. The Directive will significantly alter the way victims of crime are treated within the EU.
The implementation of the Victims Directive in practice is complex and challenging. Member States will need to implement legislation, if they have not already done so, to ensure that victims can fully access their rights in domestic law.
Member States are also obliged to ensure that anyone who comes into contact with a victim of a crime is fully trained to attend to their needs and rights. This guide is aimed at this audience and is intended to complement the online course, run by the ICCL and Victims’ Rights Alliance, which is taking place in conjunction with The Bar of Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland.
The core objective of the project was the provision of training in line with Article 25 (3) of the Victim’s Directive which provides that
with due respect for the independence of the legal profession, Member States shall recommend that those responsible for the training of lawyers make available both general and specialist training to increase the awareness of lawyers of the needs of victims
The aim of this report is to illustrate how this project was conducted so that a similar project can be developed and delivered in other jurisdictions.
*This project is part-funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. The contents of this report are the sole responsibility of the project partners and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Commission.