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The World Society of Victimology

The World Society of Victimology is a not-for-profit, nongovernmental organization with Special Category consultative status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)of the United Nations and the Council of Europe. Brought together by a mutual concern for victims, its world-wide membership includes: victim assistance practitioners, social scientists, social workers, physicians, lawyers, civil servants, volunteers, university academics of all levels, and students.

The purpose of the WSV is to advance victimological research and practices around the world; to encourage interdisciplinary and comparative work and research in this field, and to advance cooperation between international, national, regional and local agencies and other groups who are concerned with the problems of victims.

Latest Announcements

June 14, 2013

Fourth Annual Conference of the Victimology Society of Serbia
Victims and contemporary responses to crime: between protection and misuse
Belgrade, Serbia
28th – 29th November 201

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For more information on the conference, see

June 13, 2013

Victimology and Victims´ Assistance Course, Colombia
From the 11th to the 21st of June, 2013, a Victimology and Victims´ Assistance Course is being held in Bogota, Colombia, in which the WSV and the Unidad de Atención y Reparación a Víctimas have joined forces to offer training for professionals providing victims´ assistance for persons affected by the internal armed conflict in Colombia.
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Del 11 al 21 de junio, 2013, se lleva a cabo un Curso de Victimología y Asistencia a Víctimas en Bogotá, Colombia. El curso es ofrecido por la Sociedad Mundial de Victimología y la Unidad de Atención y Reparación a Víctimas para profesionales de dicha Unidad que atienden a víctimas del conflicto armado interno colombiano.

April 12, 2013

Visiting and Hosted Fellow Program, ICCC, University of Montreal, Canda
The International Centre for Comparative Criminology invites leading scholars in the field of criminology and related disciplines to apply to its new visiting fellow program, for stays of up to 6 months. Fellows will be provided with an office, access to the university’s libraries and administrative assistance from the Centre’s staff. Unfortunately, no stipend or travel allowances are available. The Center will allow a maximum of 1200$CAD/month for the lodging in Montreal for a maximum of 6 month, for a stay between September 2013 to June 2014. For more information, or to apply for the program, please see their brochure.

April 11, 2013

4th Spanish Conference of Victimology | IV Congreso Español de Victimología
17 and 18 October 2013
c/ Isaac Newton, 26
08022 Barcelona
For program and submission information, registration and more, see their web site

13th Asian Postgraduate course on Vicitmology and Victim Assistance  
August 5-16, 2013 
National Law University, Delhi
Sector-14, Dwarka
New Delhi 110 078
Held in collaboration with  with  the Tokiwa International Victimology Institute, Mito, Japan and the World Society of Victimology at on the WSV website. See their brochure for more details.


Advancing research, services and awareness for victims

The Challenge

The nature and extent of victimization is not adequately understood across the world. Millions of people throughout the world suffer harm as a result of crime, the abuse of power, terrorism and other stark misfortunes. Their rights and needs as victims of this harm have not been adequately recognized.

The UN General Assembly adopted the Declaration on Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power in 1985 (advocated for and developed in consultation with the World Society of Victimology). "This provides a universal bench mark by which progress can be assessed in meeting the needs of victims of crime and abuse of power.

The rights of the victims of crime and abuse of power are still not adequately recognized in any part of the world. Their families, witnesses and others who aid them, are still unjustly subjected to loss, damage or injury. They too often suffer hardship when assisting in the prosecution of offenders. UN Congresses in Bangkok 2005 and in Salvador 2010 draw attention to the victims of terrorism. Not only victms of crime deserve our attention. After natural disasters, accidents and diseases, victims suffering from the consequences share a similar trauma., loss and suffering. Services to meet the needs of these victims have much in common. Action must be taken to advance research, services and awareness for victims across the world.

Victims of stark misfortunes such as natural disasters, accidents and diseases share similar trauma, loss and suffering. Services to meet the needs of victims have much in common between victims of crime, abuse of power and stark misfortunes. Action must be taken to advance research, services and awareness for victims across the world.

Ten years after the adoption of the Declaration by the UN General Assembly, the Society supported the development of two important instruments meant to further the implementation of the Declaration around the globe. These documents, the Guide for Policy Makers, and a Handbook on Justice for Victims: on the use and application of the Declaration of Basic Principles, provide policy-makers and practitioners with concrete examples of how they can push forward the implementation of the Declaration in their region.

In the tradition of global advocacy, the World Society of Victimology, in partnership with the International Victimology Institute (INTERVICT) of Tilburg University and with Tokiwa International Victimology Institute (TIVI) is current involved in the promotion of a UN Convention for Victims.

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