Introduction

It is estimated that every year, 15% of Europeans, representing 75 million people in the European Union, fall victim to crime. This includes around 7000 victims of murder/homicide and more than 3 million of violent crimes including rape, sexual assault, housebreaking and robbery. Crime often affects more than one person and those close to the victim may also suffer indirectly.

The needs of victims will differ from one crime to another and from one victim to another, as crime can affect people differently. Below you will find relevant information about different types of crimes, the definition of the crimes, your rights as a victim and what to do if you have fallen victim of that crime. The EU Victims’ Rights Directive sets out minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime. You can find an easy-to-read compilation of your rights under EU legislation: here.