General information in English
The Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority is subordinate to the Ministry of Justice and is lead by a Director-General appointed by the Government. Its overall aim is to look after the rights of all crime victims and to draw public attention to their needs and interests.
The authority is nationally responsible for three areas of activities: it deals with matters concerning criminal injuries compensation, it administers the Crime Victim Fund and also serves as a Centre of Competence.
Criminal injuries compensation
A person who has been subjected to crime may be entitled to criminal injuries compensation. This compensation is financed through tax revenue. Criminal injuries compensation is primarily intended to compensate for personal injury. This means both physical as well as mental injuries. The possibility to receive compensation for loss or damage to property and for financial loss is very limited.
Together with the Supreme Court, the authority has an important role in governing the levels of compensation in Sweden. The authority regularly issues a report on the jurisprudence which is widely used among lawyers, judges, NGOs and insurance companies.
In conjunction with paying out criminal injuries compensation, the authority also requires the offender to pay back the money, if possible.
Crime Victim Fund
The purpose of the Fund is to provide economic support to activities aimed at improving the situation for crime victims, initiated by researchers, NGOs, public bodies, private institutions and others, who in their profession deal with problems concerning crime victims. The Fund is mainly financed by money from convicted offenders.
All offenders convicted for an offence punishable by a prison sentence are liable to pay a lump sum of 500 SEK. This constitutes a specific legal remedy which is applied over and above sanctions. The fund is also open for donations. In addition, money is channelled from prisoners under electronic supervision.
Centre of Competence
In its role as Centre of Competence for crime victim issues, the authority informs victims, professionals and the public on crime victim issues. It arranges seminars and training for professionals within the criminal justice system, NGOs, staff in health care and social services.
Training is mostly on compensation, but also on reactions to crime and how to receive crime victims in the criminal justice process. The authority produces information material, such as folders, leaflets and reports, in Swedish and in other languages.
The authority also administers
www.rattegangsskolan.se, a web-based training material on how the criminal justice process works and how a trial is run in Sweden. An English version is found on
Together with the National Courts Administration, and in close cooperation with Victim Support Sweden, the authority is commissioned to see to that witness support is established and maintained in all criminal courts in Sweden.
The authority is commissioned to develop a training programme for lawyers and staff in the criminal justice system. The training programme will focus on children and young people’s vulnerable position in being subjected to sex crimes, and how the agencies can cooperate with other actors in the criminal justice system.
The authority has also received a commission to carry through a call for research, development of methods and other activities to improve knowledge on men’s violence against women. Between 2011 and 2014, 42 million SEK will be distributed to these actions.
The commission is a part of the Government’s work to prevent men’s violence against women, honour related violence and oppression, violence in homosexual relations and prostitution and trafficking in human beings for sexual purposes.
The activities of the authority include international co-operation, participation in working groups and projects and conferences at an international level, especially within the European Union.
The authority has arranged a number of Nordic conferences on different crime victim issues. The authority has also been represented several times in working groups set up by the Council of Europe.
Information folders in English