Developing standards for assistance to victims of terrorism

European forum for restorative justice (EFRJ)

Partners: International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT), the Catholic University of Leuven (K.U. Leuven), the Centre for the Study of Terrorism and Political Violence at the University of St. Andrews, and Victim Support Netherlands. Victim Support Netherlands currently holds the chair of Victim Support Europe.

Duration: 16 months (01/03/2007- 30/06/2008) 

Funders: VICT 2006. With financial support from the VICT Programme European Commission – Directorate-General Justice, Freedom and Security. 

Summary of the project: The project focused particularly on developing standards in the field of continuing assistance, access to justice, administration of justice and compensation to victims of terrorism. Moreover, the possible role of restorative justice principles and practices in dealing with victims of terrorism was assessed. The overall goal of the project was for the standards to serve as a basis for the further development of services for victims of terrorism in Europe.

The final event of the project was a conference on victims of terrorism, where the draft standards and the results of the literature review were presented to a broader public. The conference took place in Tilburg, the Netherlands, on 10 to 11 March 2008 and was organised by INTERVICT.

executive summary of the literature review

Tilburg Declaration on the draft EU Recommendation

Proposal for EU Recommendation for Assistance to Victims of Acts of Terrorism