Programme

DAY 1

Wednesday

19 May 2021

Main Conference Programme: Part I
13:30 – 17:00


13:30 – 13:35 Welcome Remarks

  • João Lázaro, President of Victim Support Europe

13:35 – 13:55 Opening Speeches

  • Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowska, European Commission’s Coordinator for Victims’ Rights
  • Wendy Knaepen, Survivor of child sexual abuse – Live Testimony

13:55 – 14:40 Session I: The founding and the progression of victim support movement

  • Dame Helene Reeves, a former Chief Executive of Victim Support in the UK – The origins of victim support in Europe
  • Marketa Vitousova, Bily Kruh Bezpeci (Czech Republic) – The progression of victim support in Europe
  • Yong Woo Lee, President and Founder of Victim Support Asia – Challenges facing victim support in Asia
  • Dr Fatima Ali Haider, Co-founder of The Grief Directory – Challenges facing victim support in other regions

14:40 – 15:00 Coffee Break


15:00 – 15:30 Session II: Developing national framework for victim support

  • Levent Altan, VSE – The concept of national framework for comprehensive victim support
  • Q&A session:
    • Judith Thompson, Former Commissioner for victims and survivors of the conflict in Northern Ireland
    • Sue O’Sullivan, Chair, International Network Supporting Victims of Terrorism and Mass Violence (INVICTM)
    • Michael O’Connel, Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Australia (2006-2018)

15:30 – 16:00 Session III: The role of victim social support network

  • Joan Deane, ADVIC Ireland – The role of friends and family in supporting victims of crime
  • Silvia Bisconti, On the Road Società Cooperativa Sociale – The community’s role in supporting victims

16:00 – 16:20 Networking – Break Out Rooms


SCHEDULE - Networking break out room

16:20 – 16:50 Session IV: Development of a generic support service

  • Bianca Biwer, Weisser Ring – The establishment and operation of generic victim support

16:50 – 17:00 Conclusions

DAY 2

Thursday

20 May 2021

Main Conference Programme: Part II
10:00 – 13:40


10:00 – 11:00 Session V: Specialising services for all victims

  • Leena-Kaisa Åberg, RIKU (Victim Support Finland) – The needs-based approach of RIKU-Victim Support Finland

Session VI – Part 1: Victim support delivered by other sectors

  • Victim Support in the academic sector
    • Suzan Van Der Aa Full Professor of Criminal law and Criminal Procedure (The Netherlands)
  • Victims and the Media
    • Faroek Özgünes, Investigative journalist (Belgium)

11:00 – 11:15 Coffee Break


11:15 – 12:15 Session VI – Part 2: Victim support delivered by other sectors

  • Victim Support Units in governmental institutions
    • Mari Tikerpuu, Head of victim support unit (Estonia)
  • Victim Support within justice system
    • Aneta Genova, Attorney at law (Bulgaria)
  • Victim Support in Health Sector
    • Marta Chaves, National Lifecycle Violence Prevention Program, Directorate-General for Health (Ministry of Health, Portugal)

12:15 – 12:30 Networking – Break Out Rooms


SCHEDULE - Networking break out room

12:35 – 13:15 Session VII: Innovative therapies and methods that help victims to recover

  • Prof. Dr. Michael Duffy – Director of the Specialist MSc (Trauma) in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at Queen’s University (UK)

13:15 – 13:30 Closing of the main conference part

  • João Lázaro, President of Victim Support Europe

13:40 – 15:00 Lunch Break


15:00 – 17:00 Side Events