WHAT IS THE NETWORK OF SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION FOR VICTIMS AND WITNESSES OF CRIMINAL OFFENCES?

The Network of Support and Co-operation for Victims and Witnesses of Criminal Offences is a network of 11 civil society organizations which provide assistance and support for victims and witnesses of criminal offences (and misdemeanor offences of domestic violence) from the territory of 13 counties where Victim and Witness Support Departments were not established.  Network members participated in numerous educations and thematic lectures with the aim of improving knowledge and strengthen their capacity to provide support and assistance to victims and witnesses: Three-day training for persons who are providing assistance and support to victims of crime (2018); Two-day specialized training for civil society organizations who are providing assistance and support to victims of crime (2018), Two two-day thematic trainings for partner trainings (2019), Thematic lectures: “Children, victims of sexual violence” (2019); Trafficking in human beings (2020); “The importance of accompaniment by a confidential persons in cases of sexual violence” (2020); “Fundamental human rights of victims of sexual violence” (2020); “Specifics in working with victims of natural disasters” (2020); “Hate crimes – context and institutional framework” and “Hate crime” (2021); “Specifics in working with LGBTIQ victims of crime” (2021). All members of the Network are continuously participating in educational activities with the aim of providing the highest quality services to victims and witnesses. Coordinator of the Network, Women’s Room and member organization, Victim and Witness Support Service are members of Victim Support Europe, leading European umbrella organization advocating on behalf of all victims of crime, no matter what the crime, no matter who the victim is.

WHAT SERVICES ARE PROVIDED BY MEMBERS OF THE NETWORK OF SUPPORT AND CO-OPERATION?
  • Provision of emotional and practical support, technical and practical information   and information about rights,
  • Provision of psychological and legal counseling, 
  • Provision of support to victims and witnesses who did not report the criminal  offence and providing support after the completion of court proceedings, 
  • Provision of support to victims and witnesses by accompaniment to the court,
  • Provision of support to victims and witnesses of criminal offences by accompaniment   to police, prosecutors’ office and/or social welfare centers.
IS THE SERVICE FREE OF CHARGE FOR ITS BENEFICIARIES?

Yes, all services of the “Network of Support and Co-operation for Victims and Witnesses of Criminal Offences” are completely free of charge for all beneficiaries who turn to us for assistance and support. HOW CAN I CONTACT YOU FOR HELP AND SUPPORT? For assistance and support you can turn to us via phone, email and in person in the premises of our organization. All contacts are available on the home page – just choose the county you need.