Advocacy Work

Victim Support Europe actively engages and influences in the development of European and international public policy to highlight the needs of victims and those affected by crime as well as to strengthen victims’ rights and protection in the aftermath of crime. We aim to ensure that new legislation and policies consider the needs of victims and others affected by crime, and that their wishes and priorities are reflected and adhered to.

We work with the major European Union institutions (the European Commission, European Parliament, and the Council of European Union) as well as with the Council of Europe, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, and the United Nations. We have a formal consultative status with the UN’s ECOSOC Committee and the Council of Europe and work closely with various EU Agencies such as the Fundamental Rights Agency.

We monitor and influence the adoption of EU legislation and policies that will impact the rights of victims of crime. In close cooperation with our members, we analyse the implementation of EU legislation at European and national level.

Through consultation, bilateral meetings, participation in expert groups and by organising conferences, we inform institutions and national governments of future policy needs, gaps in victims’ rights, and successful policy implementation.

Among VSE’s thematic priorities are:

  • Cybercrime
  • Hate crime
  • Gender-based violence
  • Victims of terrorism

VSE also advocates for:

  • The full and effective implementation of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive and other EU legislation related to victims of crime
  • The implementation and funding of the European 116 006 helplines for all victims of crime in all EU Member States
  • Victim-centred justice and compensation systems
  • The strengthening of victim support services through increased funding, capacity building and training