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NCJ Number: 135604 Find in a Library
Title: European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes
Corporate Author: Council of Europe
France
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Council of Europe
F-67075 Strasbourg, France
Publication Number: ISBN 92-871-0302-X
Sale Source: Council of Europe
23, Place Broglie
F-67075 Strasbourg,
France
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Language: English; French
Country: France
Annotation: This text of the European Convention on the Compensation of Victims of Violent Crimes provides guidelines for the structuring of compensation schemes for violent crime victims in signatory Member States.
Abstract: The convention specifies that when compensation is not fully available from other sources, the State shall contribute to compensate those who have sustained serious bodily injury or health impairment directly attributable to an intentional crime of violence and the dependents of persons who have died as a result of such crime. Such compensation should be awarded even if the offender cannot be prosecuted or punished. Compensation shall be paid by the State on whose territory the crime was committed. Compensation shall cover, according to the case under consideration, at least the following items: loss of earnings, medical and hospitalization expenses, and funeral expenses, and as regards dependents, loss of maintenance. The compensation scheme may, if necessary, set for any or all elements of compensation an upper limit above which and a minimum threshold below which such compensation shall not be granted. The compensation scheme may specify a period within which any application for compensation must be made. Compensation may be reduced or refused on account of the applicant's financial situation. The convention specifies means for international cooperation to assist in the implementation of the convention in signatory countries.
Main Term(s): Victim compensation
Index Term(s): Europe; Violent crimes
Note: European Treaty Series No. 116.
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