Statement by Vice-President Jourová and Commissioner Reynders on the European Day for Victims of Crime

| February 23, 2021 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent

To mark the European Day for Victims of Crime, Values and Transparency Vice President Vera Jourová, and Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders issued the following statement: “Every year millions of people in the European Union become victims of crime. The COVID-19 pandemic had its impact too. During the lockdown measures, we saw a rise in domestic violence, child sexual abuse, cybercrime, and racist and xenophobic hate crime. These victims need particular attention. Many of these victims do not know their rights. Often they do not want to or are too scared to report crimes to authorities. As a result, too many victims of crime are left unheard without access to justice and proper support. The first step to change this is to empower victims, especially those most vulnerable such as victims of gender-based violence or hate crime. Last year we presented the first ever victims’ rights strategy, focused on empowering victims to report crimes and get the support they need, no matter where they are in the EU, or in what circumstances the crime took place. The second step is to work together. We appointed our first ever Coordinator for victims’ rights and set up the EU Victims’ Rights Platform, bringing together for the first time all EU level actors relevant for victims’ rights. Helping victims recover from their suffering and move on in their lives is a challenging and long-running task that only a tight-knit cooperation between all actors at EU and national level can achieve.â€�

The full statement is available online.

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