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Legislation for Victims Must Include Funding, Effective Pre-Crime Prevention, and Evaluation

A bill of rights for victims in 2013 must learn from the strengths, weaknesses and gaps of pioneering legislation and programs across the world. It must identify who will take specific actions to ensure services, reparation and justice for victims of crime as well as effective pre-crime prevention. It must be supported by funding and scientific evaluations of progress.

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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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