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Hungarian Victim Support - introduction & developments dr. Gábor Veisz Head of Victim Support Unit Office of Public Administration and Justice Fehér Gyűrű.

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1 Hungarian Victim Support - introduction & developments dr. Gábor Veisz Head of Victim Support Unit Office of Public Administration and Justice Fehér Gyűrű Közhasznú Egyesület conference Budapest, 4 September 2013

2 Legal framework 1. Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004 relating to compensation to crime victims Directive 2011/36/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 5 April 2011 on preventing and combating trafficking in human beings and protecting its victims, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2002/629/JHA Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA

3 Legal framework 2. Act CXXXV of 2005 on Crime Victim Support and State Compensation (Victim Support Act 2005) Act XXXI of 1997 on the Protection of Children and Guardianship Administration Decree No. 354/2012 (13 Dec.) of the Government on the Identification of THB Victims Decree No. 17/2007 (13 March) of the Min. of Justice and Policing on the V/S Duties of the Police and the Border Guard Decree No. 32/2011 (18 Nov.) of the Min. for P/A&J on the Child Hearing Rooms of the Police & Order No. 1/2013. (8 Jan.) of the Police HQ on the Child Hearing Rooms Order No. 2/2013 (31 Jan.) of the Police HQ on the V/S Duties of the Police

4 Ministry of Public Administr. and Justice regional Government Offices - HR, functional conditions Justice Service Victim Support Unit Legal Aid Unit Probation Unit Office of Public Administr. and Justice (KIH) – professional management Victim Support Unit Legal Aid Unit Probation Unit Institutional framework for Victim Support

5 Task design local V/S units offering help – administrative (instant monetary aid, certificates) – assistance (assertion of interests, psychologist) assisting authority duties for compensation cash payments awareness raising, dissemination of information implementation of projects KIH office work non-cash payments methodology trainings integrated IT system statistics internal and foreign relations

6 The support system forms of help informationsupport services instant monetary aid assertion of interests (incl. psychologist & legal aid) safehouse (shelter) state compensation lump-sum regular monthly instalments

7 Assistance 1. Information low-entry level assistance – for anyone – without formalities presonalized information on: – rights and duties in the criminal procedure – victim support and other available services – other help organisations – how to avoid repeated and re-victimisation available 24/7 on free of charge Victim Line ( )

8 Assistance 2. Assertion of interests helping victims to exercise basic rights helping victims to access health care, health insurance and social services legal aid, psychologist no deadlines no formalities must certify victimhood (until 2015)

9 Assistance 3. Instant monetary aid emergency aid to cover housing, clothing, nutrition, travelling, medical and piety costs related to crime based on momentary neediness: if such costs cannot be paid by the victim as a consequence of the crime a certificate issued by the criminal authority is needed 5 day deadline (from the date of perpetration) application form max. amount Ft (2013) ~ 300 € or 260 £ NOT compensation

10 Assistance 4. State compensation eligibility criteria: – victims of certain violent and intentional crimes, if their physical integrity or health has been seriously damaged as a direct consequence of the act – certain relatives who were living with the victim – whom such a victim is or was obliged to maintain – who has arranged for the funeral of such a victim based on neediness (610 €/capita), 3 months’ deadline application form, mandatory attachments, certificate max. amount ~4.580 € or £ (2013) or regular instalments

11 Assistance 5. psychologist – not yet available nationwide (in 14 counties + the Capital) – personal or group crisis intervention – assisting counselling duties within the signalling system – if experiencing children’s vulnerability or – domestic violence

12 Assistance +1 … that still needs further developement emotional help effective practical help (assertion of interests) individual assessment, case management identification of THB victims supervision for co-workers renewing training system effective use of volunteers

13 Further duties laid by Victim Support Act 2005 asserting prevail of victims’ rights – information leaflets – annual report co-operation and contact with co-partners (victim protection network of the police, investigating authority, prosecutors, judges, Immigration Office, consular services, municipal authorities, health institutions, social institutions, auxiliary police, NGOs, churches)

14 Co-operation with NGOs important role in increasing efficiency framework agreements, single initiatives or projects different in regions, adjusting to local specificities, opportunities, activity – White Ring – auxiliary police – charities (e.g. Red Cross, Maltese Charity Service) – specialised organisations (e.g. Street Caregivers, IOM)

15 Programmes by victim support services 1. general activities – awareness raising (in senior clubs, schools) non-competition based programmes – THB coordination mechanism – Sziget Festival – Foresee research Group’s project on peacemaking circles – maintaining TEtt programme

16 Programmes by victim support services 2. competition based programmes – interdisciplinary co-operation – programmes focusing on a special group of victims (e.g. homestead protection programme, peer helper programme for elderly people, „village-walker”, „conversing policemen”, programme for dorm students) – presence in the media, „road show”, trainings

17 Programmes by victim support services 3. Békés county project consortium of 3, 2 years, in Békés county prevention (providing potential victims with information and having them prepared) – special classes for appr pupils & parents, teachers – 30 hrs peer helper training for 60 high school students and 95 parents co-operation protocol social worker undergraduates as volunteers

18 Programmes by victim support services 4. Szabolcs-Szatmár-Bereg county project consortium of 3, 2 years, in SzSzB county prevention (providing potential victims with information and having them prepared) – self-knowledge training for y old high school studs – presentations in senior clubs and in appr. 200 towns/vill.s co-operation protocol, interdisciplinary training for professionals training for further victim-related professionals (in health care, schools etc.) in the 8 largest towns of the county

19 taking part in international projects – „Making Justice Systems More Restorative” – „Form a Chain, Break the Circle” – fighting domestic violence (ISEC) – „Form a Chain to Safeguard Children” – helping child victims of domestic violence (ISEC) participating in international conferences participating in international organisations Learning foreign good practices

20 Thank you for your attention! dr. Gábor Veisz Head of Victim Support Unit Office of Public Administration and Justice


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