Project VICO - Compensations for victims of GBV related crimes

The European project VICOis implemented by the Czech organization ProFEM in collaboration with Bulgarian Gender Research Foundation and PATENT from Hungary. In the following two years the organisations join efforts to contribute to the full exercise of the gender-based violence victims’ rights, especially the right to compensation.


Despite the transposition of Directives 2012/29/EU and Directive 2004/80/EC into the national legislation, courts in the three countries face difficulties in quantifying them and providing adequate compensation to gender-based violence victims. In practice, court decisions are often inconsistent, courts encounter difficulties in quantifying damages and do not understand the specific impact of GBV.

Based on national and international comparative analysis, examples of good (or promising) practice will be identified, which will be further discussed in meetings with relevant actors in the form of round tables. During these round tables, recommendations will be formulated and those recommendations and especially their implementation will be further advocated for. During the project, relevant professionals from the fields related to the project topic will be trained (including future professionals - students).

Project implementation and activities will contribute to increased knowledge on the application of mentioned EC Directives in relation to compensations for GBV victims, improved cooperation among national authorities and NGOs, increased capacity of practitioners to address issues related to the rights of victims of crime and increased quality of the services provided by victim support CSOs and improved public awareness about victims’ rights.

The project is supported by the European Commission and is implementedfrom January 2021 for two years.