The general goal of the Swedish Crime Victim Authority is to work for the interests and needs of victims of crime. As a Centre of Competence, one of the authority’s tasks is to monitor crime victim issues from an international perspective, by gathering and spreading information about crime victims, and participating in projects and different forms of international cooperation.
On the basis of its commission and the developments that have taken place within the field, the authority aims to increase knowledge about international law as well as support and help to crime victims in other countries. In particular, the authority monitors matters regarding crime victims within the European Union.
The Swedish Crime Victim Authority is one of the partner organisations in the
Assisting and Reintegrating Children Victims of Trafficking (ARECHIVIC) Project, which started in 2011 and ends in 2013. Initiated by the Center for the Study of Democracy in Bulgaria, the project is focused on support and help for children who have been subjected to trafficking for sexual or other purposes.
Another project in which the authority is partner is
Project Infovictims. In charge of the project is the Portuguese crime victim organisation Associação Portuguesa de Apoio à Vítima (APAV). The project’s overall purpose is to contribute to increased knowledge about the rights of crime victims, and improved information to those who are victims of crime about their rights and the legal system.
APAV also runs a project called
Project LEAD, where the Swedish Crime Victim Authority is involved as one of the partner organisations. Project Lead focuses on how to best inform adolescents about different forms of violence among young people. The main objective of Project LEAD is to reduce the sense of insecurity among young people by, for instance, preventing hazardous behaviour.
In 2009 and 2010, the Swedish Crime Victim Authority was granted funds from the European Commission for a project called
Child victims in the Union – Rights and Empowerment (CURE). The project was carried out in cooperation with partners in nine European countries, and focused on the special needs of children in the criminal justice system. Its ultimate aim was to provide recommendations for an improved position of child victims in the European Union. For more information about CURE, read the project report “Child victims in the Union – Rights and Empowerment”.
The activities of the authority also include international cooperation such as participation in working groups 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.
European Criminal Injuries Compensation
The Swedish Crime Victim Authority handles applications regarding so-called European criminal injuries compensation as well. This task is based on Council Directive 2004/80/EC of 29 April 2004 relating to compensation to crime victims, which aims to facilitate the situation for people who have been subjected to a crime while residing in another EU member state.
Through this directive, the member states are bound to adopt legislation which guarantees state compensation to victims of violent crimes committed on their respective territories. One intention is that EU citizens shall be able to apply for compensation in the country where they live, even if the crime occurred in another member state. Therefore, a system for cooperation between the national agencies handling state compensation has been created.
It is the task of the lead authority in the country receiving the application (the injured party’s member state) to forward the application to its counterpart in the country responsible for paying out compensation (where the crime took place). Consequently, a Swedish citizen who is subjected to a crime in another EU member state may apply for compensation from the Swedish Crime Victim Authority.
The regulations comprise victims of premeditated crimes of violence. It is up to the members of the union themselves to determine the compensation levels.
Read more about
EU legislation regarding state compensation to crime victims on the official website of the European Union.