From 20 to 22 of May Victim Support Europe hosts a delegation of officials from South Korea to attend a three-day training programme on European best practices in supporting victims of crime.
The delegation is comprised of representatives of Korean National Police Agency, National Human Rights Commission of Korea and South Korea’s Ministry of Justice (MOJ).
Except for educational events at VSE’s headquarters, the training programme will include field visits to locations such as ‘Centre de Prevention des Violence Conjugales et Familiales or Ecoute Violences Conjugales’, Parlamentarium, Deinze-Zulte-Lievegem police station and its Victim Support Unit, 24/7 Care Centre of Sexual Assault and Crisis Centre for Victims “De Schelp” in Ghent.
The training will include sessions on:
· Rights of victims of crime in Europe – protection through the Council of Europe, European Union and national protection mechanisms;
· Supporting victims in criminal proceedings and prevention of secondary victimisation;
· Good European practices in supporting victims of crime;
· Support for vulnerable victims – children, women, migrants, persons with disabilities etc.
There are numerous projects Victim Support Europe is carrying on at an international scale, aiming to promote victims’ rights globally. For instance, VSE is currently supporting the foundation of Victim Support Asia, which brings together support organisation from around the continent.
One of the priorities of this collaboration is developing victims services in Asian countries. That’s where VSE with its 30 years of expertise in victim support and its extensive network that includes 54 victim support organisations from 39 countries is beneficial to the VSA’s initiative.
The current training of Korean professionals is a great occasion to exchange information, issues, goals, and to explore how our NGO can support the Victims’ Rights agenda in South Korea and beyond.