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2023 is a crucial year for victims’ rights. It has been 10 years since the 2012 Victims’ Rights Directive (VRD) was adopted. This year, we are likely to see a proposal by the European Commission to improve the VRD. We await the publication of that Directive with great impatience!

“Why?”, you might ask.

Despite progress, the revision of the Directive is sorely needed. VSE’s preliminary findings from the BENEVICT project, which examined the implementation of the Victims’ Rights Directive across the 27 EU Member States, has highlighted the many problems victims face when seeking justice, accessing support and in the way they are treated.

We hear repeated testimonies from victims about the terrible experiences they have had when reporting a crime, or during the criminal proceedings.

These are truly sad indictments of our responses to victimisation. But the most serious indictment will be our failure to address these problems when we know they exist.

To stand still, without assessing, without evaluating and without improving is to fail victims. There is no shame in reviewing our work and laws, and being open about the challenges and about the change that is needed.

One year ahead of the European Parliament election, we call on politicians, policymakers, practitioners, and every person to stand as one for victims and to support the publication of the revised Victims’ Rights Directive to ensure that no victim is forgotten or remains voiceless!

Join the campaign!

We have invited leading European NGOs to join our online campaign highlighting the importance of the revision of the Victims Rights Directive for different groups of victims. The campaign contributors answered the following questions in their video messages:

  1. Why a revision of the EU Victim’s Rights Directive is important to this specific group of victims?
  2. What are the concrete ways in which the rights and needs of this specific group of victims can be enhanced within the revision of the Victims’ Rights Directive?

Victim Support Europe is launching the video campaign on 13 July at 09:00 (CEST). We provide a campaign toolkit that outlines how VSE members and partners can support the action in order to call on the European Commission to publicise the proposal of the Revised Victims’ Rights Directive as soon as possible.


The campaign will be launched on 13 July 2023 at 09:00 (CEST) and the contents of this webpage / toolkit are embargoed until thenThe campaign is a key part of the VSE’s advocacy work aiming at advancing victims’ laws and policies both on the EU and national levels.

Campaign assets

Are you joining our campaign? You can find the campaign guideline and assets below.



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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