Strategic plan: 2016 – 2018

Vision:  A safe, fair, equitable and just world for all.

Purpose: Promote Victimology as a scientific endeavour; and, advocate for laws and policy that enhance victims’ rights and improve victim assistance so as to enable timely, fair and equitable access to justice for all victims and survivors.

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

Goal One

WSV aims to help make the world we share safe, fair, equitable and just for victims and survivors


WSV is a partner with governments and state institutions, business and civil society (including non-government organisations) in advancing victims’ rights and victim assistance. Its activities have improved outcomes for victims and survivors.


  • Develop & advocate for laws and policy that advance victims’ rights and address victims’ needs.
  • Participate with the international authorities such as the United Nations and other regional authorities such as the Council of Europe on strategies aim to prevent victimisation and reduce harm.
  • Encourage responses that protect victims, especially vulnerable people such as women and children.
    Educate government personnel and non-government employees on Victimology, victims’ rights and evidence-based victim assistance.
  • Collaborate with the international community on ways to tackle victimisation and to properly address the effects of victimisation.

Goal Two

To ensure that victims and survivors know their rights and obligations, and those obligated to uphold such rights administer them fairly, equitably and with compassion.


By drawing attention to acts and omissions contrary to victims’ rights, WSV helps improve the treatment of victims.


  • Help design and facilitate delivery of victim assistance programmes that match victims’ needs.
    Inform individuals, governments, businesses and civil society about their obligations regarding treatment of victims and survivors.
  • Promote the rights of victims of crime and abuse of power.
  • Help victims and survivors exercise their rights and access assistance.
  • Encourage mechanisms to enforce victims’ rights and comply with these obligations.

Goal Three

To encourage all nations to have contemporary, accessible, fair, just and equitable civil, criminal and administrative justice systems.


WSV’s policies, practices and activities have helped make justice systems throughout the world more accessible, more inclusive, just and more equitable for victims and survivors.


  • Pursue reforms that make criminal justice systems more timely and effective for victims and survivors, without unduly impacting on the rights of the accused.
  • Encourage justice reforms that benefit victims and survivors, whilst being inclusive of suspects, defendants and offenders’ needs, as well as criminal justice practitioners’ needs.
  • Recommend ways to make it easier for victims and survivors to interact with those tasked to help them.
  • Consult victims, survivors and others affected by proposed justice reforms, and ensure as far as reasonably practical that they are given a voice on decisions that affect them.
  • Sponsor workshops, courses and seminars to enhance Victimological knowledge and skills.

Goal Four

WSV EC supports its members and strives to constantly improve the WSV as a not-for-profit organisation of excellence.


WSV embraces innovation and improvement, manages resources efficiently, collaborates on and invests in ways to meet members’ expectations and encourages others to become members.


  • Collaborate with WSV members, with other societies and associations that share the WSV’s purpose and values and with international and domestic organisations such as the United Nations and the European Union.
  • Improve our services by asking for and listening to feedback from members and others.
  • Use technology to keep members informed and make it easier for them and others to work with us.
    Invest in ways to share the WSV’s collective knowledge and skills to deliver results.
  • Recognise and value our members.