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Advancing Rights of Estonian Victims (AREV)

The main goal of the AREV project is to enhance the rights of Estonian victims by improving the protection and support processes of victims of crime in the country. To achieve this goal, VSE works closely with the Estonian Ministry of Justice, the Police and Guard Board, the Social Insurance Board, the healthcare sector, and other key stakeholders to develop, deliver and test tools for information provision, individual needs assessment and referral of victims. 

AREV will be piloted in the Ida Virumaa and Lääne Virumaa region, in North-East Estonia. It is the hope of Victim Support Europe that AREV project will produce results that will make it a model of a good practice in the development of victim-centric justice to be used in other EU member states and beyond.

Project stakeholders in the pilot region: East Prefecture, Viru District Prosecutor’s Office, Social Insurance Board Victim Support (East region), Rakvere Hospital, Narva Hosptal, Ida-Viru Central Hospital, Viru County Court.


In collaboration with Ministry of Justice Estonia

Objectives of the project

  • Improve understanding of the gaps in support services available to victims of crime
  • Improve delivery of information to victims
  • Improve victims’ experiences in their recovery
  • Increase stakeholders’ knowledge about each other’s capacity and capability to deliver services and support for victims
  • Increase stakeholders’ understanding of victims’ needs 
  • Improve referral to support services
  • Improve public awareness about victims’ rights and services available to them

Activities under the project

  • Community needs assessment
  • Mapping of existing victim support services
  • Exchange seminars and consultations with key stakeholders
  • Development of tools for information provision, individual needs assessment and referral
  • Training and capacity building activities for healthcare sector, victim support services and police 
  • Development of information materials for victims and the general public 
  • Awareness raising campaign for target groups and general public

VSE would like to thank Elastik for for their work on the AREV logo and branding.

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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