Flanagan launches ‘know your rights’ campaign for victims of crime

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan
Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan

Justice Minister Charlie Flanagan has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of new rights afforded to victims of crime.

The “Know Your Rights” campaign aims to raise awareness of the new rights introduced in the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017.

The resources include an information booklet, website and video which explain rights in areas such as the right to information and the provision of certain supports and protection.

A new National Crime Victims Helpline can be contacted by calling 116 006, texting 085 133 7711 or emailing info@crimevictimshelpline.ie.

The project was funded with support from the Dormant Accounts Fund and the Victims of Crime Office at the Department of Justice.

Mr Flanagan said: “The Crime Victims Helpline is one of the country’s main strategic victim support services and these new user friendly resources, developed using Dormant Accounts funding secured by my Department, will be a valuable source of help to all victims and those supporting them.”