Italy: transposition of EU Directive on protection of victims of crimes

January 21, 2016

Legislative Decree n. 212 of 15 December 2015, implementing EU Directive on protection of victims of crimes entered into force yesterday.


The Decree amendments to the Italian Code of Criminal Procedure, ensuring that persons who have fallen victim of crime are recognised, treated with respect and receive proper protection, support and access to justice. In particular, the new provisions strengthen the rights of victims and their family members to information and improve their participation in criminal proceedings.


Special attention is given to special support and protection for victims of certain crimes, including victims of gender-based violence, due in particular to the high risk of secondary and repeat victimisation, of intimidation and of retaliation.


In order to read Legislative Decree n. 212 of 15 December 2015 (Italian language) available on click here.


In order to read Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, and replacing Council Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA (English language) click here.



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