Victims’ Rights

The most up-to-date and relevant documents, press releases, academic comment, legislation, and case-law have been collated and organised here in this fully-searchable central storage space. Here you can get an overall sense of the information available in the area of victims' rights or quickly find a specific document.

EU Legislation

The Directive on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime was adopted in 25 October 2012 by the European Parliament and the Council of European Union to ensure that victims of crime receive appropriate information, support and protection.

Submissions & Publications

This section presents the reports produced by JUSTICIA European Rights Network on topics related to the Victims' Directive.

Official EU Documents

The Proposal for a European Union Directive on the Victim's Directive, is currently at the final stages of negotiations between the European Union institutions (Commission, Council and Parliament). Please see below for the various versions of the proposal.

Official Documents

This section contains EU and Member State documents dealing with the development of justice policy and legislation under the 'post-Stockholm' programme.

Submissions and Publications

This section presents the reports produced by JUSTICIA European Rights Network and partners on topics related to future EU justice reform.


This section of the portal is designed to make it quick and easy to access information on the rights of victims of crime, in particular as this pertains to the rights contained in the recently adopted Victims’ Directive, and the place of victims of crime within the upcoming successor to The Stockholm Programme. The Stockholm Programme sets out the European Union’s (EU) priorities for the area of justice, freedom and security for the period 2010-14. Building on the achievements of its predecessors the Tampere and Hague programmes, it aims to meet future challenges and further strengthen the area of justice, freedom and security with actions focusing on the interests and needs of citizens.

European Protection Order

The Directive on the European protection order was adopted in December 2011. It means that "crime victims who are granted protection from their aggressors in one EU Member State will be able to get similar protection if they move to another," in the word's of the European Parliament's press release following adoption. This objective is set out in detail in Article 1 of the Directive:

"This Directive sets out rules allowing a judicial or equivalent authority in a Member State, in which a protection measure has been adopted with a view to protecting a person against a criminal act by another person which may endanger his life, physical or psychological integrity, dignity, personal liberty or sexual integrity, to issue a European protection order enabling a competent authority in another Member State to continue the protection of the person in the territory of that other Member State, following criminal conduct, or alleged criminal conduct, in accordance with the national law of the issuing State."

Official documents

The Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime began as a proposal issued by the Commission in May 2011. Within the Council, Member States negotiated their position within the Working Party on Substantive Criminal Law and the Article 36 Committee (CATS). The Parliament's position was drawn up by the Committee for Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs and the Committee on Women's Rights and Gender Equality. The two institutions reached agreement through a series of informal trilogues and subsequently agreed upon a legislative text in September 2012.

The documents below are provided in chronological order, with the most recent first.

News & Analysis

This section contains links to news articles and analyses relevant to the Victims' Directive.

Case law Database

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