Key aspects of the EU project have been victims of violence and the development of interagency cooperation, national standards and implementation strategies in the protection of victims.
Following the nationwide establishment of 133 branches of the Turkish Probation Service in a previous project, the focus of the now completed EU Twinning Project “Development of work with juveniles and victims by the Turkish National Probation Service” was on juvenile offenders and victim support. The two-year project started in January 2009 and was led by the British Ministry of Justice. The Center of Excellence “Victim Support” of Weisser Ring and the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Human Rights (BIM) contributed to the establishment of victim support in Turkey.
“The work of the two Austrian organizations was referring primarily to the development of intervention programs for victims of violence” said Marianne Gammer, Managing Director of Weisser Ring. “Moreover the further development of interagency cooperation, national standards and implementation strategies on the protection of victims in Turkey have been discussed.” Over the project period seven Austrian experts worked for a total of 76 working days on site.
Gammer also took part in the project’s final conference in October 2010 which was held in the presence of the Turkish Minister of Justice Sadullah Ergin and the British State Secretary of Justice Lord McNally in Ankara. In a speech she explained the Austrian approach in the field of victim support and highlighted the ambitious work of the Turkish colleagues in support of crime victims.
In the framework of the project Weisser Ring and BIM had welcomed a high-level delegation of staff of the Turkish victim support units and the Turkish Ministry of Justice in the winter of 2009. At this occasion the participants were introduced to the Austrian system of victim support and the work of the cross-linked organizations and institutions which offer support for different groups of victims. The European Commission, Directorate-General Enlargement, funded the project with a total budget of 1.8 million Euro.