The MDTF-JSS continue to provide support to Serbian authorities to establish the comprehensive victim support system. To ensure informed decision making the MDTF-JSS partner with relevant organizations, including the Center for European Constitutional Law (CECL) that on the EU level and for the needs of European Commissioned examined different practices of the entry point institutions in EU member states on methods for the identification, needs assessment and referral of victims.
The workshop was attended by 16 stakeholders representing distinct institutions (high prosecution office, courts, welfare services, NGOs) from the main “entry points” to the criminal justice system, namely law enforcement, health and welfare and victim support services. Participants in the workshop stressed the need for common indicators for the identification of victims, the need for legal reform, the need for enhanced coordination between all competent actors, the need for sustainability of the protection structures which are already in place, the need for practical, bottom-up problem-based training of officials involved in victim support and the need for streamlining institutional practice through exchange and networking.
The MDTF JSS will finalize report and presented to the relevant stakeholders and to the members of the working groups for drafting Victim Support Strategy to ensure informed decision making