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Victims' rights - by country

Poland

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Ministry of Justice

Commissioner for Citizens’ Rights (Ombudsman)

Commissioner for Children’s Rights

Commissioner for the Rights of Victims of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship

Foundation for the Support of Victims of Crime

Emergency Domestic Violence Service

Ministry of Justice

The Ministry of Justice has established a Victim of Crime Division within the Department for Human Rights. The division is responsible for coordinating tasks concerning assistance to the victims of crime as well as protection of their interests.

The Ministry of Justice established the Department for Human Rights as the unit responsible for

  • taking initiatives aiming at the fullest implementation of the rights of victims of crimes, in particular through initiating and coordinating cooperation and exchange of experiences with national and international institutions and organizations
  • cooperation with the Council for the Victims of Crime coordinated by the Minister of Justice

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.ms.gov.pl/

Commissioner for Citizens’ Rights (Ombudsman)

The Commissioner for Citizens’ Rights monitors the functioning of state agencies in respect of observance of constitutional rights and can be petitioned by anyone whose rights have been violated.

The Commissioner for Citizens’ Rights

  • monitors the functioning of state agencies in respect of observance of constitutional rights
  • can be petitioned by anyone whose rights have been violated
  • runs a victim of crime information website https://www.rpo.gov.pl/

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.rpo.gov.pl/

Commissioner for Children’s Rights

The Commissioner for Children’s Rights monitors and protects the rights and interests of children.

The Commissioner for Children’s Rights

  • is responsible for children's rights protection, in particular: the right to life and health, the right to family care, the right to decent social conditions, the right to education
  • does not replace the specialised agencies, institutions and associations dealing with the protection of the child, but intervenes in situations where existing procedures have proved ineffective
  • takes action to ensure full and harmonious development of children, while respecting their dignity and personality
  • calls on the competent authorities, organisations or institutions to take proper measures for the child to the extent of their competence when he receives an infringement notice
  • provides children's helpline

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.brpd.gov.pl/

Commissioner for the Rights of Victims of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship

The office of the Commissioner for the Rights of Victims in Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship provides legal and psychological assistance, social protection, and promotes the Polish Charter of Victims Rights.

The Commissioner for the Rights of Victims of Kujawsko-Pomorskie Voivodship

  • provides legal and psychological assistance to victims of domestic violence and those who have suffered as a result of crimes, including access to social assistance
  • monitors the work of institutions providing assistance to victims of crime to ensure the provision of social protection and to promote the Polish Charter of Victims Rights
  • supports the free "Blue Line" – Call Emergency Service for Victims of Domestic Violence (0 800-154-030)
  • organises media campaigns, training initiatives and proposes amendments to existing legislation

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.kujawsko-pomorskie.pl/index.php?option=com_contact&catid=72&Itemid=70

Foundation for the Support of Victims of Crime

The Foundation for the Support of Victims of Crime is a non-governmental organisation helping victims of crimes to cover their expenses for healthcare, rehabilitation, etc.

The Foundation for the Support of Victims of Crime

  • is a non-governmental organisation supervised by the Minister of Justice
  • provides financial support primarily to victims of crimes against life or health
  • helps victims of crimes to cover such expenses as healthcare, rehabilitation, limb-replacement, burials, etc.
  • its procedures for obtaining financial support are less bureaucratic, faster and more flexible than other forms of State assistance

CONTACTS:

Website: http://www.fpop.org.pl/

Emergency Domestic Violence Service

The Emergency Domestic Violence Service maintains a hotline for victims and witnesses of domestic violence in Warsaw, the counselling Institute “Blue Line”, an information centre, and an interdisciplinary assistance programme for people involved in domestic violence.

The Emergency Domestic Violence Service

  • is a national organisation, which brings together people and institutions that support a programme to prevent domestic violence, particularly social services
  • is helped by the judiciary, journalists and people of good will who oppose domestic violence and work together in helping those victims
  • supports a hotline for victims and witnesses of domestic violence in Warsaw (022 668 70 00)
  • runs the nationwide emergency number "National Telephone Blue Line" 0-801-120-002 (the caller pays for a pulse phone)
  • has functions such as Counselling Institute “Blue Line”, Information centre, interdisciplinary assistance programme for people involved in domestic violence
  • initiates modern methods of domestic violence prevention
  • runs the Victim of Crime Support Centre

CONTACTS:

Website: https://www.niebieskalinia.pl/index.php

Last update: 20/11/2018

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