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FYDO Across Europe: Unleashing Possibilities


Do you believe the presence of a dog has healing powers? Are you curious to know how dogs can support victims? Do you think you could work with a dog to provide victim support? If the answer to any of these questions is “yes” or “I am not sure”, then join us on 12 October, between 13:30 and 16:00 for the first public webinar of the European FYDO Network, where we’ll explore the myriad of possibilities for rolling out and expanding the facility dog service across Europe. Our panel of speakers will talk about:

  • What it takes to train a FYDO dog
  • What it takes to employ a FYDO dog
  • How it is to work with a FYDO dog
  • How victims benefit from a FYDO dog

If you work with victims, and you are curious to hear how you a dog can work with you, or if you are a dog trainer, interested to know how a dog can be employed to support victims, join us and prepare to be part of something extraordinary.


Register NOW by clicking HERE, and get ready to join us for an enlightening and heartwarming experience this October. We can’t wait to see you online!

📅 Date: 12 October 2023
📅 Time: 13:30 to 16:00
📍 Location: Online

Webinar Agenda



Introduction to the project and speakers

Aleksandra Ivanković, VSE Deputy Director




Training FYDO dogs and their handlers

Mark van Gelder (Canisha, Belgium) and Sandra Demeister (Hachiko, Belgium)




Working with FYDO dogs to provide mobile support to victims in Italy

Patricia Dubois Zanini, (Dogs4Life, Italy)



Working with FYDO dogs to provide structured follow-up to victims in France

Nikita Pelanda (Viaduq 67, France)




Refreshment break




Q&A with the speakers


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We all know that dogs have the ability to help humans. They are often our pets and companions in our private lives, where they give us love and affection. Yet, there is a special group of dogs – those who have a mission, an actual job to do! Assistance dogs have been recognised as valuable members of the society for decades and have been improving people’s lives not just by their sheer presence, but also by working alongside humans.

A victims’ journey is rarely a pleasurable experience. Many victims face numerous barriers to come forward and report the crime they were subject to. Those who report crimes often face a long road to see the end of criminal proceedings, with the prospect of facing many uncomfortable situations, where presence of an empathetic furry companion can make all the difference and help them get through the experience with happier memories.

In the past several years, Victim Support Europe has embarked on an extraordinary journey, alongside our amazing partners: Since the dawn of 2021, a remarkable coalition of organisations – Victim Support Europe (BE), Dog4Life (IT), Viaduq67 (FR), Handi’Chiens (FR), Canisha (BE), Hachiko (BE), and the University College Cork (IE) to develop the first European transnational effort to train victim support dogs! Facility Dogs in Europe (FYDO) project has set out to train and place justice assistance dogs alongside vulnerable victims of crime as they navigate the tumultuous path to justice.

FYDO: Where Fur Meets Justice

In 2021 and 2022, the FYDO project, co-funded by the European Commission, has set out the framework for ensuring a highly qualified canine experts can be put to service of vulnerable human to advance the implementation of the EU’s Victims’ Rights Directive. The project has birthed a pioneering European facility dog training program, guaranteeing that highly skilled dogs are by the side of those who need them most, both in courtrooms and on the path to recovery. In October 2021, the FYDO network was created, with the aim to promote justice facility dogs in every EU Member State. The goal? To make sure that on their rocky journey to justice, victims can be sure to get the support they need from qualified FYDO dogs.

To date, the FYDO practice is taking on, with dogs being trained and teamed up to work with humans to advance victims’ experiences in Belgium, France and Italy. Many more countries have demonstrated interest in the programme and the curiosity about the programme grows by the day.

Together, the dynamic human-canine tandems work tirelessly to assist victims within the complex tapestry of the criminal justice system.

DISCLAIMER: The contents of this publication are the sole responsibility of Victim Support Europe and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the European Union.

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