2020 06 03
2020 06 03
In June 2020, The European Commission presented today its first ever EU Strategy on victims’ rights to ensure that all victims of crime can fully rely on their rights, no matter where in the EU the crime took place.
The EU Strategy on Victims’ Rights 2020-2025, sets a number of actions for the next five years, focusing on two objectives: first, to empower victims to report crime, claim compensation and ultimately recover from consequences of crime; second, to work together with all relevant actors for victims’ rights. In view of the recent outbreak of COVID-19 and subsequent lockdown measures, which had an impact on a rise in domestic violence, child sexual abuse, cybercrime and racist and xenophobic hate crime, it is particularly important that the framework for support and protection of victims is also resilient in crisis situations.The Strategy is strongly inclusive of all victims of crime and at the same time puts emphasis on the most vulnerable victims, such as victims of gender-based violence, child victims, victims with disabilities, elderly victims, victims of hate crime, victims of terrorism or victims of trafficking in human beings, for whom it is particularly challenging to go through criminal proceedings and to deal with the aftermath of crime.
The new Strategy sets out a number of actions centred around five key priorities: