2013 European Crime Prevention Award goes to Sweden

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Sweden won the European Crime Prevention Award (ECPA) of the European Crime Prevention Network (EUCPN) for its project of ‘Relationship violence centre‘, which aims for better involvement of victims in the law enforcement process of the police and the prosecutor. 

The Relationship Violence Centre (RVC) provides support to victims of domestic violence at the critical time subsequent to the registering of the police report so that they have the will and the strength required to participate in the police investigation.  It facilitates better collaboration between the police, prosecutors and social services in cases of domestic violence. It also ensures that more reported cases of domestic violence result in prosecutions.

The RVC shares the premises of the police and works in close collaboration with the police, prosecutors and social services. In the critical phase following the incident being reported, the RVC serves as a link between the agencies involved and provides victims with information on the subsequent police investigation, as well as help in finding protective accommodations and healthcare if needed..

As winner of the 2013 European Crime Prevention Award, the Swedish delegation received a check of 10,000 euros handed out in Vilnius during the lithuanian presidency (second semester 2013). Two other projects received honourable mentions: the Croatian entry, ‘Living life without violence’, received the prize for ‘Best early prevention’, and the Belgian entry ‘CO3’ received a prize for ‘Best cooperation’. Each of the two projects was awarded 5,000 euros.

A total of 18 projects relative to the prevention of domestic violence had been submitted by national representatives from Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

You may follow this link to download all the project descriptions on EUCPN’s website.