Strategic plan: 2012 – 2015

Vision:  A world united in a commitment to reducing the number of people victimised through respecting victims` rights, addressing the impact of victimization, providing appropriate assistance and care, preventing victimization and victim awareness.

Mission: To strongly champion our vision by working in partnership with victims and their advocates, academic institutions, governments and civil society to promote research in victimology & on victim needs, to foster services and practical assistance for victims, to provide education & training, and to advocate for victims’ rights.

Values: These values underpin the decisions and actions of the WSV:

  • Victims’ Rights — The WSV is committed to raising awareness and advocating for the rights of victims.
  • Equity — The WSV aims to make its decisions and actions accessible and appropriate to the needs of all members and those with whom it deals.
  • Respect — The WSV expects its members will treat people with respect and dignity.
  • Diversity — The WSV values diversity and aims to respond to the needs of people from diverse backgrounds.
  • Victim Focused — The WSV strives to be responsive to the needs of the people who are victimised but also all with whom it deals, and also values feedback.
  • Partnership and Collaboration — The WSV believes it is crucial to work in partnership and collaboratively with victims and their advocates, academic institutions, governments and civil society.
  • Evidence-based Approach — The WSV believes in an evidence-based approach to its decisions and actions.

Strategic Goals

The WSV’s strategic goals describe how it aims to advance its work.

Victims’ rights and service provision.

Use our unique expertise to advocate for victims’ rights to access to justice, accurate and timely information, appropriate consultation and participation, and services and practical assistance.

The WSV aims to achieve this by:

  • advocating increased funding for research and services for victims to accelerate implementation of the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
  • organising events to interest government officials in making greater progress in the implementation of the Declaration and other international and regional instruments that affect victims, their rights and services
  • promoting a Convention on Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power
  • raising political and public awareness of victim issues and rights
  • participating in international, regional and local forums (such as the United Nations Commission / Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice)
  • encouraging organisations and others committed to reducing the number of victims of all types
  • establishing a WSV representative in each country to assist with information on victim issues and rights and advocate for improvements
  • fostering national societies for victimology to pursue national missions and activities similar to the WSV
  • encouraging mechanisms to provide an early warning system to prevent abuses of power and protect potential victims from stark misfortunes

Research in victimology and on victim needs

Use our unique expertise to increase victim awareness, to advance victimological knowledge and to enhance the skills of those who respond to victims’ needs.

The WSV will achieve this by:

  • fostering more research on the implementation of the UN Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, including the extent to which countries have implemented the Declaration and the barriers that must be overcome for greater implementation
  • creating the capacity to evaluate practices for victims according to recognised international standards
  • fostering research that compares the consequences and responses to victims of crime, abuse of power and other stark misfortunes.
  • being recognized internationally as the leader for advancing research on victim issues and theory
  • fostering research on the extent to which the ICC has implemented services that meet the legislated needs of victims

Improve the accessibility of services to all victims.

Use our unique expertise to organise workshops on services for victims at the WSV international symposia, to provide a network of victim services around the world and to develop a knowledge basis for training and technical assistance based on, amongst other international instruments, the Declaration on the Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power, as well as evidence-based on what works in assisting victims. The WSV will achieve this by:

  • supporting a data base of victim service agencies across the world in order to facilitate the referral of victims for services in countries where needed
  • encouraging list-serves for service providers, in major languages in addition to English
  • bringing together information on model practices so that reforms can benefit from good practices and the relevant evidence-base.
  • assisting the International Criminal Court with its mandate to assist, protect and respect rights for victims
  • determining the potential WSV role to facilitate financial, political leadership and bring together crisis intervention and other services for victims in extraordinary crises such as catastrophic incidents
  • encouraging relevant institutions and agencies – e.g. Human Rights Commissions – to monitor the availability and standards of services for victims.

Victim awareness and training and education.

Strengthen and increase victim awareness as well as improve training and education on victimology, victim assistance and criminal justice, including understanding of victims’ rights and needs, and initiatives to prevent victimisation.

The WSV will achieve this by:

  • convincing law schools and others involved in the training of criminal justice professionals to include courses on victimology, victim rights and issues, and convince those who certify qualifications, such as bar associations, law enforcement and judicial bodies to require this knowledge
  • encouraging university courses and degree programs on victimology, including victim assistance, victim rights, crisis response, restorative justice and victimisation prevention
  • promoting a system of credentials for victim service professionals (staff and volunteers) and establish international standards
  • establishing a program to mentor and develop leaders able to influence action on behalf of victims
  • maintaining existing and establishing new international courses on victimology and victim assistance
  • encouraging reciprocal training of victim service practitioners from different countries
  • hosting an annual training course for international victim service providers
  • developing standards for curricula and disseminate training materials
  • developing a mechanism for authorising the use of the WSV logo and mission statements for courses and other activities

Address members’ needs.

Strengthen and increase the WSV membership and address their needs so that they are motivated to attaining the WSV’s vision. The WSV will achieve this by:

  • providing members with a certificate of their membership which also identifies the mission of the WSV and its consultative status with the UN ECOSCO and the Council of Europe
  • providing a web page and social media (e.g. Facebook) with information on WSV, including a members´ only section with annoucements
  • publishing a newsletter – such as The Victimologist – that is freely available to members
  • enriching the privileges in order to attract and retain the membership of the key academics, service providers and policy makers who are currently involved in victimology
  • providing opportunities for members to participate in the WSV’s activities, including attending the tri-annual symposium at a reduced registration fee.


In order to successfully attain the WSV’s vision, achieve its mission statement and goals it is vital to have the following:

  • Membership — Valued membership who are afforded opportunities to participate in WSV decisions and activities.
  • Executive Committee – Active members who operate in accord with the ideals of the WSV and its membership.
  • Partnerships — Effective collaborative partnerships with victims and their advocates, academic institutions, governments and civil society
  • Funding — Accountable financial management.
  • Technology and Other Resources – Utilised effectively and efficiently.