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.

Stockholm Programme

Victim’s Directive


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 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.



JUSTICIA European Rights Network