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Useful Links

1. Criminal Justice Agencies

 A comprehensive set of links to the main criminal justice agencies is given separately on the useful links page of the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime.

 2. International

 2A. European Union

 Council Framework Decision on the Standing of Victims in Criminal Proceedings 

In 2001, the Council of the European Union adopted a Framework Decision on the Standing of Victims in Criminal Proceedings (2001/220/JHA). This Framework Decision seeks to harmonise the levels of protection afforded to victims of crime in Ireland and the other member states in the European Union.

 A number of publications of the EU are available here.

 2B. Council of Europe

 The Council of Europe has a portal on victims of crime which includes access to relevant Council of Europe Conventions,   Recommendations and other documents as well as access to relevant European Union and United Nations documents on victims of crime.  

 Victims Support Assistance (2nd Edition, 2008) is a book on sale from the Council of Europe containing Council of Europe Conventions, Recommendations of the Committee of Ministers, Ministerial Resolutions, and an Expert Report. The synopsis of the book includes a list of the instruments relating to victims.

 It is also possible to search a full  list of treaties for the Council of Europe.

2C. United Nations

UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power

 The UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power (29 November, 1985 - A/RES/40/34) was adopted by the UN General Assembly.  Although not a legally binding document, the Declaration  can be used as a benchmark for measuring State practice in relation to victims’ rights.  It sets out basic principles of treatment for crime victims, based on compassion and respect for human dignity. The Declaration urges access to judicial and administrative processes, restitution, compensation and assistance for victims. 

 3. Voluntary Organisations

 Voluntary sector organisations which assist victims of crime are listed on the website of the Commission for the Support of Victims of Crime. 

 Organisations which help victims of domestic and sexual violence are also listed on the COSC website.

4. Human Trafficking

HUMAN TRAFFICKING IS A FORM OF SLAVERY.

IT IS HAPPENING IN IRELAND. LET'S END IT NOW.

BE VIGILANT, CALL 1800 25 00 25 OR EMAIL BLUEBLINDFOLD@GARDA.IE.

EDUCATE YOURSELF ABOUT THIS CRIME, VISIT WWW.BLUEBLINDFOLD.GOV.IE.

5. Cosc  The National Office for the Prevention of Domestic, Sexual and Gender based violence   see  Cosc  website