"Too many victims of crime still do not feel safe or cannot report their suffering. Many are not adequately supported nor protected. This applies particularly to victims of domestic violence, children, or victims living in closed institutions," says FRA Director Michael O’Flaherty. "EU countries need to ensure justice is served for all victims in full respect of their rights."
FRA’s Underpinning victims’ rights report identifies gaps in victims’ protection and support, guaranteed under the EU Victims’ Rights Directive. It highlights what needs to be done to move towards a victim-centred approach:
The report also identifies good practices to inspire other countries. This includes specific ways of protecting victims from secondary victimisation, during investigations and court proceedings by, for example, recording their statements once for subsequent use in court or using accreditation systems for victim support organisations.
The report covers all EU countries. It is based on data collected between 2017-2019.
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