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 Allliance, which is taking place in conjunction with The Bar of Ireland and the Law Society of Ireland.
*This project is part-funded by the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union.