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European Union Adopts Law to Put Crime Victims First in 27 Countries! (post 31)

On October 4th, 2012, the European Union made history by adopting a new directive to establish minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime across 27 sovereign nations. The Directive will Advance Victim Rights for 500 Million People.

It will ensure that all victims of crime in Europe will have access to information and assistance and will be able to get these across national borders. Certain basic rights in criminal proceedings will be guaranteed and protection provided, particularly for women, children and vulnerable victims.

The standards are not just more political wishful thinking. They have teeth to get them implemented, including training, sharing of best practices, and data designed to evaluate whether victims needs are met.

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18. Crime Reduction Board for Canada

In his introduction to the Safe Streets and Communities Act, the Canadian Minister of Justice noted crime must be reduced in Canada, given the 440,000 crimes of violence and 1.3 million crimes of property recorded by police last year. He stressed that $83 billion in harm to victims of crime in Canada justifies additional expenditures.

Smart enforcement and treatment must be balanced with smart prevention – fewer victims, less harm to victims, fewer cases for criminal justice, less deficit. This Act must include a short amendment to create a permanent and high level Crime Reduction Board to sustain efforts to prevent crime and enhance services and rights for victims of crime.

The Board would achieve its purpose, inter alia, by braiding federal government efforts to tackle the causes of violence, developing national standards and training, and sharing information with the public.

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