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  • COM/2011/0275 final

    Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime

    The Directive gives a definition of “victims” as “natural persons who have suffered harm […] caused by a criminal offence” and “family members of a person whose death has been caused by a criminal offence”. These victims are granted several quite specific rights.
    The first set of rights (Art. 3 – 7) deal with the provision of information and support to victims.
    The second set of rights (Art. 8 – 16) deal with the rights of victims to participate and when participating in a criminal procedure.
    The third set of rights (Art. 17 – 23) deal with protection of victims against “retaliation, intimidation, repeat or further victimisation.”
    This Directive addresses the specific needs of particularly vulnerable victims in a more targeted manner. In particular, adult victims of trafficking in human beings, child victims of trafficking in human beings, child victims of sexual abuse, sexual exploitation and child pornography shall benefit from the measures established in Council Directive 2011/36/EU.

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