Victim Support Services in the EU: An overview and assessment of victims’ rights in practice (Ireland)
Victim Support Services in the EU: An overview and assessment of victims’ rights in practice (Belgium)
The main objective of this social fieldwork study, which was the final phase of a wider FRA project on victim support services in the EU, was to provide country-specific information and data on the situation of victims of hate crime in Ireland, focusing on what factors support victims of hate crime in accessing criminal justice and what factors impede such access.
This study also aimed to map existing promising practices or initiatives that could serve as possible models for enhancing the possibilities of victims of hate crime to access justice.
The project built upon other FRA research, and particularly on the reports titled ‘Making hate crime visible in the European Union: acknowledging victims’ rights’ and ‘EU-MIDIS Data in Focus Report 6: Minorities as Victims of Crime,’ in addition to the ongoing Victim Support Services project.
The study included an in-depth desk research of legislation, case law, institutional settings concerning victims of hate crimes, as well as semi-structured interviews with professionals working on hate crimes (including victim support services, police, prosecutors and judges). A Final Report with the findings of the social fieldwork and desk research was also prepared.