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Within the project “Rights, Support, Protection and Compensation to Victims of Criminal Offenses”, financed by the European Commission and co-financed by Croatian Government Office for cooperation with NGOs, a workshop was held in Zagreb on July 3 and 4, 2017. The lecturers were:

Lana Petö  Kujundžić (Zagreb County Court), Nives Jozić (Documenta – centre for dealing with the past), Ana Šeničnjak (National Call Centre, , Association for support to victims and witnesses), Monika Čavlović (Office of the Ombudswoman of the Republic of Croatia) and Nikica Hamer Vidmar (Ministry of Justice, Victim and witness support service).

The participants of the workshop were the employees of the County and Municipal State Attorney’s Office, the County and Municipal Court, Magistrates Court, the Social Welfare Centre, the Ministry of Internal Affairs, the Ombudswoman’s Office, as well as organizations that come into contact with victims in their work. The participants were given the opportunity to get acquainted with the novelties of the Proposal for Amendments to the Criminal Procedure Act and Directive 2012/29 /EU. Furthermore, judicial practice, prejudices, stereotypes, discrimination and the consequences of criminal offenses to victims/witnesses and members of their families were discussed. Numerous practical examples, problems encountered in work, as well as ways of approaching and solving them were outlined.

Hereby we would like to thank all the participants for their attendance and active participation, our lecturers, as well as the Judicial Academy and the Office of the Ombudswoman People’s Republic of Croatia for participating in the organization of the workshop.

The program is supported by the Embassy of the United States of America in Croatia.