The project “PRO.VI – PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF VICTIMS” intends to complement EU efforts in supporting crime victims in all Member States.
Pro.Vi will thus utilize a two-fold approach – an analytical capacity assessment to serve as the baseline and inform the capacity building activities – that will develop as complementary to, and in synergy with, each other with the overall goal to contribute to the improvement of the European crime victims’ protection system – both in criminal proceedings and of victim support services.
A key role will be played by Restorative Justice (RJ) professionals who already represent forefront service providers in paying attention to victims’ needs. The project’s actions will thus seek to involve the key-professionals in both areas – namely Judges and lawyers, academics, restorative justice practitioners, social workers, psychologists, health professionals, police, and other professionals involved in the victim support service – viewed as extremely complementary to one another. The principle that guides this comprehensive approach lies in the consideration that all professional areas and services working in support of crime victims should share the same view, strategy and aims in order to achieve the most effective possible action.
This project will thus seek to facilitate the EU harmonization process for the protection of victims’ rights by carrying out a capacity building process in five EU countries supported by an analytical capacity assessment.
Pro.Vi is innovative in that it strongly believes in the added value that can be brought to the victim protection system by constantly promoting a dialogue between practice (the capacity building of all professionals involved) and academic research and interpretation as well by placing victims at the centre of the services they receive. Effective victim services, especially for vulnerable groups and for those who have experienced significant trauma, need to take into consideration the important of trauma-specific and trauma-informed services in order to reduce the risk of re-victimization and increase service efficacy. The same holds for practices by Criminal Justice (CJ) and other (e.g., medical personnel) professionals in interacting with victims where trauma informed service delivery may be critical to avoiding system inflicted trauma.