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NCJ Number: 122421 Find in a Library
Title: Victims of Crime: Council of Europe and United Nations Instruments (From Changing Victim Policy: The United Nations Victim Declaration and Recent Developments in Europe: Report on Expert Group Meeting, 1988, Helsinki, P 197-205, 1989 -- See NCJ-122412)
Author(s): A Tsitsoura
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 9
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI)
Helsinki 00531, Finland
Sale Source: United Nations European Institute for Crime Prevention and Control (HEUNI)
PO Box 444
Helsinki 00531,
Type: Survey (Cross-Cultural)
Language: English
Country: Finland
Annotation: Since 1970 the Council of Europe has conducted many studies concerning crime victims and has adopted texts stating policy principles on the issues involved.
Abstract: This work has been conducted largely by the European Committee on Crime Problems. Specific products have included Resolution (77)27 on victim compensation, the European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crime, Recommendation Number R(85)11 on the position of the victim in criminal law and procedure, and Recommendation Number R(87)21 on victim assistance and the prevention of victimization. The Council of Europe has also examined specific types of victimization, including child abuse, domestic violence, consumer protection, and the child sexual exploitation, juvenile prostitution, child pornography, and trafficking in children and young adults. The documents of the Council of Europe and the United Nations show similar philosophies regarding victims' needs. However, the Council of Europe has developed its recommendations in more detail than is found in the United Nations Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power. Therefore, the United Nations should develop a new and more detailed statement. Footnotes.
Main Term(s): Victims rights
Index Term(s): Council of Europe; Criminal justice system policy; United Nations standards; Victim services
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