Welcome to Victim Support Europe Annual Conference in Stockholm on the 23-24th of May 2018! The Conference is a major international event bringing the key players working with victims of crime together. Between 200 and 250 participants from victim support organisations as well as researchers, experts, academics, government officials and criminal Justice officials attend annually. Brottsofferjouren Sverige (Victim Support Sweden) will host the 2018 event at Stockholm’s Södra Teatern, a 19th century theatre beautifully situated on the island of Södermalm with magnificent views of the city. Read more about the venue here.

It is increasingly clear that a lack of awareness and knowledge amongst the general public and victims is an important inhibitor to access, whilst different victims and groups also find themselves in situations which make coming forward and seeking help or justice difficult or impossible. The Conference intends to explore what obstacles and barriers victims face in knowing about and accessing services and rights, how we can overcome these barriers including how organisations and individuals directly reach out to victims.

Reaching Out To Victims

The Conference will focus on all victims of crime but will have a specific focus on victims of Cybercrime, hate crime, gender based violence, terrorism, honour crimes and children. It will also focus on victims who may be more at risk of limited access to support – such as victims in institutions, victims with disabilities, elderly victims, migrant or minority groups.