The Local and federal police are under the competence of the Ministry of Interior. The local police are responsible for the basic police duties and operate within the ‘community policing’ philosophy. The federal police are responsible for specialised police tasks.
The Local and federal police
The Federal Public Service for Justice hosts several departments and committees that look after the interests of victims, including the Directorate‑General for Legislation, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms and the Directorate‑General for Law Centres.
The Directorate‑General for Legislation, Fundamental Rights and Freedoms
The Directorate‑General for Justice Centres
Federal Public Service for Justice: website: https://justitie.belgium.be
For the contact details of the law centres click here.
The Commission for Financial Aid for Victims of Deliberate Acts of Violence, which has been established by the 1 August 1985 Act, has as core mission to provide State compensation for victims of crime, i.e. financial compensation.
The Commission for Financial Aid for Victims of Deliberate Acts of Violence
In Flanders and Brussels there are 11 General Welfare Centres (Centra Algemeen Welzijnswerk — CAWs), each of which has a department that assists crime victims.
For the contact details of all the 25 CAW’s click here.
The Federation of Services for Help to Parties in Proceedings is an organisation operating in the French-speaking part of the country which does not only offer assistance to victims of crime, it also offers assistance to e.g. prisoners and released prisoners.
Federation of Services for Help to Parties in Proceedings
For the contact details of the local divisions of Federation of Services for Help to Parties in Proceedings click here.
The SPZ is an organisation operating in the German-speaking part of the country, which offers assistance to victims of crime.
The Sozial-Psychologisches Zentrum (SPZ)
Child Trust Centres are specialized centres, set up by the Flemish government, which have their own way of working aimed at the child’s safety and wellness.
The Child Trust Centres
For the contact details of the other Child Trust Centres click here.
The Federation of SOS Children's Services is operating in the French-speaking part of the country and provides assistance for victims of child abuse.
The Federation of SOS Children's Services teams
The JHD are operating in the German-speaking part of Belgium and they provide specialised assistance for minor victims of crime.
The Jugendhilfedienst (JHD)
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