The CCJVS held two one day Workshops on the implementation of the Victims Directive on 10th and 11th July, 2017. The aim of the Workshops was to bring together stakeholders from all institutions involved in victim support in Ireland (law enforcement, health authorities, victim support services / NGOs).
The Workshop forms one aspect of a EU project in which the CCJVS is a Partner, that aims to build the knowledge basis for the effective implementation of the Victims’ Directive by developing model practices for institutions in three critical aspects of victim’s rights:
a) victim identification
b) individual assessment of victims’ needs (including special protection needs) and
c) networking and referral practices between institutions involved in victim support and protection.
Participants included members of the Garda Siochana, representatives from Dept. of Justice Victims of Crime Office, Tusla, Adapt Domestic Violence service, Ruhama, Doras Luimini CARI, Dublin Rape Crisis Centre, Crime Victims Helpline, and UCC.
The workshop was convened by Dr Andrea Ryan, and practical sessions were facilitated by Michelle Stevenson and Dr Catherine Naughton.