Victim Support Europe 2019 Annual Conference

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Strasbourg, France, 12-13 of June 2019 - Victim Support Europe 2019 Annual Conference took place on 12th and 13th June 2019 in Strasbourg, France, where Jeannot Mersch, FEVR President participated.

The Victim Support Europe Annual Conference brings together professionals from member organizations from every corners of Europe. The Conference is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experiences on providing support to victims of crime. This year the conference, co-organized by VSE and France Victimes, took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The theme of the Conference was Victim recovery: a road with many routes.
The first day of the conference (12.6.2019) started with welcome speeches by João Lázaro, President of Victim Support Europe, Maryse Le Men Régnier, President of France Victimes, and Daniela Senk, Head of Unit Conference and Services to visitors in Strasbourg, DG Communication – European Parliament. Following with Victim testimony: Romain Ruiz, former high-level athlete, the victim of the terrorist attack of 13 November in Paris

Following speeches by:
Joëlle Milquet – Special Adviser to the President of the European Commission for the compensation of victims of crime,
• Chantal Cutajar – Deputy Mayor of Strasbourg,
• Katarzyna Janicki-Pawlowska – European Commission DG Justice,
• Nicole Belloubet, Minister of Justice (video)


And a Key Note Speaker
Catherine Rossi, Professor of Criminology, University of Laval, Québec

PLENARY I - Discussion Panel: What are the New Approaches to Justice?
Juries in sexual and domestic violence trials: time for a change? Tom O’Malley, barrister (Ireland)
• How to enhance judicial cooperation to allow victims to attend trials abroad – Elisabeth Pelsez, Inter-ministerial delegate for victim support (France)
• Reducing secondary victimisation during trial – Frédéric Almendros, prosecutor (France) and Ellen O’Neill-Stephens - Courthouse Dogs Foundation (USA)

PLENARY II – What are the routes to support?
What do we mean by National Support Systems? - Levent Altan, Executive Director - Victim Support Europe
• Rescuers: incorporating a victim focus into your profession – Stéphanie Tomé, expert psychologist at SDIS 68, National Federation of France’s Fire-fighters
• Remote support: the example of victim support helplines - Mafalda Valério, Project Manager, APAV (Portugal)


Close of Day 1
• Richard Olszewski, Vice President of Victim Support Europe and Vice President of France Victimes


The second day started with an introduction by Albin Dearing - European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights

PLENARY III – What are the routes to recovery?
Which psychological assistance for which victim: assessing needs and making available different types of support – Bruno Brito, Psychologist, Manager of RAFAVHVT - APAV (Portugal)
• How to find the right psychologist for you: developing networks of experts – Thierry Baubet, French National Resources and Resilience Centre (France)
• Maximising recovery in restorative justice: working with a support focus – Héloïse Squelbut, Coordinator of the North-East branch of the French Institute for Restorative Justice (France)
• Transforming our compensation systems for victims – Ruth Shrimpling, Policy Officer – Victim Support Europe


PLENARY IV – Interactive session - Achieving a high quality of support
How do we achieve high quality services?
Jérôme Bertin, Executive Director of the Federation France Victimes Victim Support Europe
Questions and discussions
Services to victims by victims: peer-helping:
APEV, Support for Parents of Missing Children - Alain Boulay,
FENVAC, Federation of Vicims of Catastrophes - Pierre-Etienne Denis,
AFVT, French Association of Victims of Terrorism - Guillaume Denoix de Saint Marc
Questions and discussions


Closing of the conference by João Lázaro President of Victim Support Europe and Maryse Le Men Régnier, President of France Victimes.

During the two day conference a lot of workshops were carried out - one of those was also FEVR workshop: "Victims and mass media" lead by Jeannot Mersch, FEVR President.
The FEVR 10 p. Manifesto for the Media released after last years conference in Barcelona was the background of this Workshop.

FEVR workshop: "Victims and mass media"


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