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Victim Support Europe Publishes Report on 2023 Staff Exchange

Dylan Power

18 April 2024

Victim Support Europe has published its final report on its 2023 staff exchange. On November 9th and 10th, 2023, Victim Support Europe (VSE) organised a staff exchange in Paris, hosted by France Victimes. The exchange concentrated on giving participants the chance to share best practices in victim assessment, focusing on needs assessment, referral and information provision. 

Offering essential insight into the happenings and results of the exchange, the report provides an in-depth look into how this exchange enhanced comprehension of how victim support services operate across various regions of Europe.  

The exchange itself helped to foster the exchange of knowledge and best practices in a victim support context. The event was attended by eight victim support workers from seven different organisations: Victim Support Malta, Victim Support Northern Ireland, APAV, Victims and Witness Support Service Croatia, Slachtofferhulp Nederlands, Skalbes, and ATENIN.  

Feedback received by participants was positive. The experience was considered by many a great opportunity to learn new practices, connect with like-minded individuals, and reveal insights into what can be done to improve support for victims. 

“One of the most impactful aspects of the trip was the opportunity to connect with fellow staff members from various countries who share the same dedication to victim support. Meeting victim support professionals from different entities and learning about their experiences, underscored the collective strength we possess in working towards a common goal. The shared passion and commitment among the diverse group of professionals was nothing short of amazing, reinforcing the notion that our united efforts can make a substantial difference in lives of victims.” – APAV 

The full report can be accessed here.  

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