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VICT - Developing Directive-compatible practices for the identification, assessment and referral of victims


Project description

The Victims Directive, adopted in 2012, is an important pillar of the European criminal law agenda, whose implementation is expected to come with several challenges (FRA, 2015). The proposed project aims to build the knowledge basis for the effective implementation of the Victims’ Directive by proposing model practices for institutions in three critical aspects of victim’s rights:

a) victim identification

b) individual assessment of victims’ needs (including special protection needs) and

c) networking and referral practices between institutions involved in victim support and protection.



to identify and disseminate model practices for victim identification, individualized needs assessment and referral mechanisms compatible with the standards set in the Directive and transferrable across different systems;

to build the capacity of victim support institutions in the participating countries and encourage the use of common practices and tools across Europe;

to encourage the exchange of knowledge, good practice and networking at national and transnational level.


Who will benefit and how?

Local politicians will attain knowledge on the key factors for policy success and arguments and tools for negotiations.

City administrations will be provided with policy examples as well as instructions on how to implement them.

Civil society actors and vulnerable groups will be also provided with arguments to advocate for the implementation of policies against racial or ethnic discrimination.


Project partners

Centre for European Constitutional Law (GR), Project leader

Center for the Study of Democracy (BG)

Province of Livorno Development (IT)

European Training and Research Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (AT)

Institute of Baltic Studies (EE)

Centre for Criminal Justice at the University of Limerick (IE)

Cyprus Center for European and International Affairs (CY)


Project team

Maddalena Vivona (Project manager)
Veronika Bauer
Isabella Meier
Markus Möstl
Klaus Starl


Project data

February 2016 - January 2018



This project is funded by the European Union (JUST/2014/JACC/AG/VICT/7406)