Right to be accompanied by a victim support association

Throughout the criminal proceedings, victims have the right to be accompanied by an approved victim support association, which will provide psychological, social, and legal support. It is important for victims to feel supported and accompanied. This support is free of charge and the meetings are confidential.

France Victimes victim support associations, which are specialised in judicial accompaniment of victims, can be found within judicial tribunals and some Courts of appeal, in the Victim Support Offices, in order to support victims during trials.

In addition, there is a national victim support number, 116 006, which is an EU-wide number. There is no charge for calling this number, and it is available 7 days a week from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. The professionals working on this helpline provide a sympathetic ear, answer victims’ questions and refer them to the most appropriate structures to meet their needs.

To find your nearest France Victimes victim support association, click here.

There are also other specialised associations that can intervene to support certain victims (e.g. women victims of domestic violence, child victims, etc.).

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