What we do

The WSV is very active on the international and regional level, providing its members an opportunity to participate in:

The International Symposium on Victimology: The premier event of the Society, which is held every three years in a different country, and attended by hundreds of WSV members as well as academics and professionals from a wide variety of related fields. Discussions at these events focus on the many theoretical and empirical aspects of victimology, including — but not limited to — victimization surveys, victim rights, victim compensation, the role of victim in offences, victimization prevention, re-victimization, assistance to victims and to service providers, psychological responses to disasters, the role of the victim in the criminal justice system, and victims of the abuse of power. The Symposium also represents a networking and information exchange opportunity not to be missed!

International Advocacy and Consulting: The WSV maintains accredited representatives to the Council of Europe, and to United Nations offices in New York, Geneva, Vienna and at other locations where the UN meets. Accredited members (as approved by the President) may represent the Society events relevant to victim issues. Any member in good standing may apply to the President to be accredited to represent the Society at a specific event, meeting or office.

Advocating for a full UN Convention on Justice and Support for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power: Ten years after the adoption of the Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power by the UN General Assembly, several members of the Society were instrumental in the development of two important instruments meant to further the implementation of the Declaration around the globe. These documents, the Guide for Policy Makers on the implementation of the Declaration, and a Handbook on Justice for Victims provide policy-makers and practitioners with concrete examples of how they can push forward the implementation of the Declaration in their region.

Continuing with this tradition of global advocacy the World Society of Victimology, in partnership with the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) of Tilburg University, is currently involved in the development of a full Draft Convention (latest draft).

WSV sponsored workshops, courses and seminars: These are held in many different countries. These have included four international workshops on Victim Rights, on Comprehensive Victim Assistance, on Minorities and Victimology, and on Abuse of Power.

Special two-week Post Graduate Courses in Victimology are held annually in Europe , Japan and South America. Announcements as to date, location and registration will be posted as they are made available.

The Victimologist, Newsletter of the Society: This newsletter has been published since 1982, keeping members informed and involved in Society matters, on news of interest, research within the field, and on victim assistance and victim rights in general. WSV members are encouraged to submit articles or information for publication.

Electronically archived editions of previous editions of The Victimologist are available in Adobe Acrobat Format under Publications on this site.

Members are encouraged to submit articles or news for publication by contacting the Chair of the Publications Committee:

Antony Pemberton, Professor PhD
Professor of Victimology & Director, International Victimology Institute
Tilburg University

Kamer M 633, Postbus 90153 5000 LE Tilburg

Tele: +31 13 466 3689


WSV Committees: In order to help accomplish the mission and goals of the WSV, the Society organizes a number of standing committees, inviting any interested member in good standing to take part.

In joining a committee, a member assists the Society in achieving its aims and goals while at the same time deepening both their understanding of the work of the Society, and their network of associates, friends and contacts. If you’re interested in taking part, please see About Us.