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The European Union has also brought attention to the day – and the issue – by reminding Member States of their obligation under the Victims’ Directive adopted in late 2012, and by issuing detailed guidance on the implications of this new legislation which Member States should convert into national law by November 2015.
FRA is contributing through its evidence-based advice on victims of crime. For example, a FRA research project has been looking at victim support services in the 28 EU Member States by mapping and analysing the situation across the EU and suggesting promising practices. One aspect it covers is support services for victims of hate crime. The results of this project will be made available during 2014.
Other FRA projects also address victims of crime – including FRA’s survey on violence against women, which will be launched on 5 March in Brussels.
In addition to this, other current FRA projects address the situation of and fundamental rights responses to victims of crime; including projects on:
- severe forms of labour exploitation
- minorities and migrants as crime victims (EU-MIDIS)
- specific FRA socio-legal opinions as requested by the EU institutions.
For more information about events organised to highlight the situation of victims of crime see the Victim Support Europe website.