Victim Support Europe (VSE) was founded in 1990 and has been working for 30 years for a Europe, and a world, where all victims have strong victims’ rights and services, whether they report the crime or not.
VSE is the leading European umbrella organisation advocating on behalf of all victims of crimes, no matter what the crime, no matter who the victim is. VSE represents 65 national member organisations, providing support and information services to more than 2 million people affected by crime every year in 31 countries.
VSE works regularly with European and International Institutions to influence EU and international laws and policies on victims’ rights. They have formal consultative status with the UN’s ECOSOC Committee, Council of Europe and work closely with the European Commission, the European Parliament and various EU Agencies such as the Fundamental Rights Agency.
VSE informs organisations about future policy needs, gaps in rights and implementation through consultation replies, bilateral meetings, attendance of expert groups and conferences. VSE is regularly invited to speak at conferences and seminars to share their expertise on victims’ rights and victim support.
VSE works towards their missions through advocacy to improve EU and international laws, through research and knowledge development and through capacity building at the national and local level.