Plenary III: What are the Routes to Recovery?
– Which psychological assistance for which victim: assessing needs and making available different types of support:
It is crucial that different types of psychological care are made available for victims so they can find a suitable way to recover from trauma. This session will focus on the importance of assessing the victims’ needs correctly to offer the correct support for each victim, and make sure victims have access to the right psychological assistance for them.
– How to find the right psychologist for you: developing networks of experts:
In order to make different kind of psychological support available, there is a need to develop networks of experts so victims can find the right psychologist for them.
Following terrorist attacks, one of the issues that arose was the difficulty for victims to find the right psychologist.
Similar to a list of lawyers specialised in victims’ rights, there is a need to establish a list of professionals for victim support services to redirect the victims towards, so they can find the right psychologist and form of support.
– Maximising recovery in restorative justice: working with a support focus:
Restorative justice can take many forms, and can occur outside of criminal justice systems: it is in itself another way to support victims. Victim support services can use restorative justice the same way they use traditional psychological support or financial compensation.
– Transforming our compensation systems for victims:
The aim of financial compensation is to help victims to go back to their previous state, before they became victims. However, can victims actually obtain a full reparation?
Is there an optimum compensation system? Do our compensation systems do more harm than good when dealing with victims?
This presentation will discuss how to modify the conditions for compensation, which damages should be compensated and why it is important for victims to have the ability to claim financial compensation in a victim-oriented way.