The IARS International Institute is pleased to announce a newly awarded European grant to implement the 2-year “PROTASIS: Police Training Skills” that aims to improve police – victim relationships and deliver better outcomes for victims.  

PROTASIS aims to support and strengthen the implementation of the EU Victims’ Directive that establishes and protects the rights of victims of crime in Europe. The project will develop and provide training and other resources to policing bodies and police officers across Europe on how to interact and communicate with victims of crime and identify and meet their needs.

Dr. Theo Gavrielides, IARS Founder and Director, said: "Brexit or not, we continue our mission for community led solutions for a fairer and safer society. This project complements previous and current national and international work of our Institute to support criminal justice agencies to comprehend and implement the Victims’ Directive including the 2-year programme “Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims & Empowering Professionals” (RJE)” and the Pan-London victim-led Restore:London that position victims' experiences and rights at centre of the criminal justice system."

In the framework of Protasis, the Institute will host a two-day international seminar on the 24 – 25 January in London. The seminar will bring together expert speakers from leading UK policing bodies, and statutory and voluntary organisations working in the criminal justice system to share learnings, knowledge and expertise from the UK experience with their European counterparts.

Participants will explore the UK’s multi-agency approach as well as referral, assessment and signposting models currently implemented in the UK looking into their practical applications and challenges faced by the various agencies involved in their implementation.  The sharing of good practice will then be combined with evidence based research and be used to develop further training products for police in each of the project partners’ countries.

The event is open to IARS Members only. If you wish to attend please contact members@iars.org.uk by Monday 23rd January 2017. If you are not a member and you wish to join please click here . Our membership offers a number of benefit including free access to exclusive international events and seminars. 

Notes to Editors

  • More information about the project can be found here.
  • Protasis is funded by the European Commission under the  grant agreement JUST/2015/RDAP/AG/VICT/9318.
  • IARS International Institute has set up an International Victims’ Pledge to ensure that victims are treated with dignity and respect, provided with appropriate safeguards and know their rights when accessing criminal or restorative justice services. More info can be found here.
  • Findings of the multi-national, European funded project “Restorative Justice in Europe: Safeguarding Victims and Empowering Professionals” were published in Gavrielides, T. (2014), A victim-led criminal justice system: Addressing the paradox, London: IARS Publications. 
  • Findings of the multi-national, European funded programme Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence were published in  Gavrielides T, Loseby G.,Ntziadima A. (2014), Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: A Critical Review, London: IARS Publications.
  • The project is being delivered with six partners in four countries, including the European Public Law Organization (Greece), EuroCrime (Italy), Inter-Area Local Police School Foundation (Italy), Lisbon Law School's Research Centre of Criminal Law and Criminal Sciences (Portugal) and the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (Portugal).