F: RIKU – Access to rights and services for victims of severe labour exploitation

Foreign victims of labor exploitation in Europe rarely seek help for their situation and the availability of support measures is often limited. Victims of labor exploitation are usually unaware of labor rights in the country where they are working. Even when aware of the fact that they are being illegally exploited, they often have no realistic possibility of seeking help. Apart from practical barriers such as the lack of free time, language skills, access to means of communication or transportation, many are afraid to report exploitation because they are scared of being deported or losing their current residence status. In the gravest cases, victims are being controlled and threatened by their employers. Together with the audience, the panel will examine cases, challenges and good practices from different European countries and seek to find a model that lowers the threshold for accessing help.

G: NATAL – Helplines: a unique model in providing support to victims

With mobile phones reaching near 5 billion, telephone is now accessible to almost everyone in the world. NATAL’s presentation will discuss some of the cultural barriers related to mental health services, and demonstrate examples to positively address this issue. The presentation will illustrate the advantages of phone interventions to victims; enabling anonymity, privacy and control, while not demanding a high level of trust. Guided by the need for continuity of care – NATAL’s Longitudinal (telephone) Intervention model and its assessment findings will be presented indicating how this model helps improve victims’ quality of life and their rehabilitation. NATAL’s overarching mission is to advance the resiliency of Israeli society through treatment, prevention, public awareness, and research.

H: Rondpunt – Road traffic victims: Developing targeted training, best practices and interdisciplinary cooperation

Road crashes occur on a daily basis. Its victims, however, are often perceived as collateral damage of the way we want to live our lives. As a result, both society and professionals do not always recognise road victims as victims. By not realising the impact a crash can have on their lives, professionals often do not inform and support road victims appropriately. In this workshop you will learn about the special needs of this victim-type (supported by a participatory video) and the importance of reaching out to road victims through interdisciplinary cooperation and practical tools. This project is funded by the Justice Programme of the European Union and the project partners are Rondpunt, the University of Leuven and Moderator.

I: IFDIS – Identifying and reaching victims of terrorism and helping them come forward

Supporting victims of terrorism represents a challenge for many reasons. A terrorist attack has profound impact not only on direct victims but on all who were directly or indirectly involved in it, including the community. Understanding who is affected and who should be defined as a victim is fundamental to addressing their needs.

Large scale terrorist attacks cause terrible trauma and are confusing, complex scenes. With experience in responding to numerous attacks, we know that identifying victims, reaching out to them and helping them find the support they need can be especially difficult in these situations.

In this workshop, we will look at the definitions and identification of victims and explain why it is so difficult to have a single concept for victims of terrorism. We will address multiple implications of these definitions; from the needs for emotional support, psychological first aid, difficulties in registering as a victim of the event, to the victims’ legal constraints to be represented in the judicial process or to claim a compensation. We will explore the challenges and best practices in reaching out to victims and engaging organisations which want to help victims.

J: Swedish Crime Victim Authority – Strengthening the rights of young crime victims through information and compensation 

The Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority will present their child-friendly information about children’s rights when exposed to crime. The authority has had a commission by the Swedish Government which resulted in the project “I want to know”. It consists of a website, www.jagvillveta.se, (“I want to know”)  which gives information about crimes, children’s rights as well as support. For the youngest children there is a book called “Little”. The book encourages children to tell someone if something does not feel right at home. The seminar will also inform about criminal injuries compensation for children.