Member States must do more to protect victims of violent crime, finds the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA). Its latest reports question current safeguards defending the rights of those seeking justice. FRA calls for positive action from police, support services, public prosecutors and courts.
“Too many victims of violent crime are not involved in criminal proceedings. It is our duty to safeguard their rights,” says FRA Director Michael O'Flaherty. “To protect them from further victimisation. And to guarantee that they too can take part in righting the wrongs they have suffered.”
FRA's four 'Justice for victims of violent crime' reports identify failings in the justice system. Each report has a separate focus, looking at access to justice from a rights perspective. The last report looks at women as victims of domestic violence.
The reports propose practical ways policymakers can make improvements to help victims. These include:
The reports explore the rights-based approach to criminal justice. They result from fieldwork in Austria, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal and the UK. They capture the perspectives of victims of violent crime, and of victim support staff, lawyers, the police and judges when it comes to protection against repeat victimisation and seeking justice.
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