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Re- contacting crime victims

Police department of Leuven

Community police

Youth and Social Section

By Valerie Vermaete


  • Why

  • Circular GPI 58 Police aid to victims

  • Tasks: relief, practical assistance, information supply +

  • reference, reporting the offence, re-contacting the victims

  • Circular Col 3 and 4 (domestic violence) Disturbing files

  • At request of the public prosecutor (domestic violence) Re-contacting immediately after the facts + one month after

  • the facts


Aim:

Receiving additional information concerning the file

Give the state of affairs and further development of the investigation

Give prevention tips in order to avoid repetition

Active reference to assistance when desired



  • Aim 1 => Information

  • ASK

  • Condition of the victim?

  • Any new facts / information?

  • Sufficient support?

  • GIVE

  • Acknowledgment of the victim

  • Frame the process of processing

  • Let the victim know that the WINP (Community inspector) is

  • informed

  • Run through the co-ordinates of the police together


  • Aim 2 => Development investigation

  • Interrogation of the victim / interrogation of the suspect

  • Explain first investigation acts

  • Final decision is the public prosecutor’s/examining magistrate’s

  • Feedback via victim relief of the public prosecutor

  • Attitude of police and public prosecutor towards domestic

  • violence: - Report the offence officially - Nuances: find the cause, disapprove, prosecute, assistance in order to prevent repetition


  • Aim 3 => Prevention tips

  • Breaking in => Reference to techno-preventative advisor

  • Stalking => BASTA ( Protective Anti-Stalking Alarm),

  • keeping a diary...

  • Cunning theft => Practical advice

  • Domestic violence => Adult: Action plan + CAW (centre for

  • general welfare work) - Pointing out parents to the impact of violence on children (witness / direct victim)

  • - Signal to the police


Aim 4 => Reference

Assistance => Social Guidebook

- Financial support / Emergency housing: OCMW (Public Centre for Social Welfare)

- Psychological welfare: CAW (Centre for General Welfare Work), JAC (Youth Advisory Centre), CGGZ (Centre for Mental Healthcare)

- Judiciary: SOP (Victim Relief of the Public Prosecutor), House of Justice, justice of the peace court


Aim 4 => Reference

  • Police sections => WINP (Community inspector), APZ (Department Police Care), JSD (Youth and Social Section), BRD (Special Investigation Service)

  • 3. Child protection => Committee Special Youth Care (voluntariness) Mediation Commission Juvenile court (obligatory)


Numbers 2005 2006
Numbers 2005 - 2006


Numbers police department of leuven 2009
Numbers police department of Leuven 2009

  • 1512 re-contacts => 17% less than in 2008 (1811)


  • Terminology

  • Police: Intervention Section, community inspectors,

  • detectives, social consultants

  • Assistance: CAW (Centre for general welfare work),

  • Child and Family, CGGZ (Centre for Mental Healthcare)

  • Office of the public prosecutor: substitute, victim relief of

  • the public prosecutor, judge


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