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Our Members

74 members in 35 countries – primarily in Europe as well as in the US, New Zealand, the Middle East, and Asia – are members of VSE.

Our membership is made up of victim support organisations, directly providing services to victims of crime, as well as governmental institutions and educational entities, who work on ensuring the fundamental rights of victims of crime.

VSE provides a direct link between frontline victim support, where the victim’s experience is most visible, and the European level, where policies relating to victims are deliberated. VSE engages its members in thematic working groups, based on our ongoing review and analysis of needs and opportunities within the victim support community.

In the future, we hope to expand our membership to enable more victims of crime to actively participate in relevant European Union, United Nations, and Council of Europe policy development and enhance VSE representation as the coordinated voice of victims of crime in Europe and beyond.

Quotes From Our Members

“Victim Support Europe has been crucial in helping us to nationally advocate for victims’ rights and for new legislative systems such as the victim surcharge, which has been in place here in Finland since December 2016.”

Leena-Kaisa ÅbergExecutive Director at Victim Support Finland

“APAV is one of Victim Support Europe’s founding members and is very proud to currently hold a second term of its Presidency. Being a member of VSE has been a crosscutting opportunity to continuously exchange knowledge and best practices with our counterparts all over Europe and beyond, as we all need to be kept up-to-date on all victimology and victims’ rights related issues.”

Mafalda ValérioProject Manager at APAV – Portuguese Association for Victim Support

“As a member of Victim Support Europe, White Circle Croatia benefits primarily through networking opportunities with other European victim support organisations. In this regard, VSE encourages cooperation in joint projects and directly influences us by strengthening our capacity to provide a higher quality of victim support services at a national level.”

Livija PlančićPresident at White Circle Croatia

“Being a VSE member for WEISSER RING means being in frequent contact and exchange with other European victim support institutions, being able to contribute to and learn about European developments in victim support policy, thus also influencing national victim support in Austria, and benefitting from a better and stronger cooperation.”

Tobias KörtnerTeamleader at victim support WEISSER RING, Austria

“WEISSER RING e.V. Germany is one of the founding organisations and therefore part of the VSE-family from the beginning. We really appreciate Victim Support Europe as a platform to exchange information, ideas, but also contacts for collaborating in cross-border cases.
Furthermore, the participation in EU-projects organised by VSE ensures that all stakeholders are also heard at the level of the European Union. This helps strengthen our influence in all matters concerning victims of crime.”

Bianca BiwerManaging Director at WEISSER RING

“We are a member of Victim Support Europe since 1996. Regular personal contact and exchange of our experiences with our European colleagues have big influence on our work and our strategic plans. We experience two main benefits in the membership. The first is the operational co-operation with a partner organisation in solving concrete cross border cases of victimisation. We use these contacts regularly and very often with good results. The second benefit is the partnership in European projects. At the moment we co-operate already on the fifth international project!”

Petra VitousováPresident at Bílý Kruh Bezpečí
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