The missions of INAVEM and the associations in its network
INAVEM, the French Victim Support and Mediation Institute, was created
in 1986 on the occasion of the first assembly of the fifty or so victim
support associations that already existed.
INAVEM updates the
details of the victim support associations in other countries; this data
is available to all of the victim support associations in the network.
The fundamental missions of INAVEM, the national federation of victim
support associations, are to drive, coordinate and promote victim
support actions and also to enter into partnerships and agreements to
INAVEM’s primary objectives are:
- Defining and evaluating victim support missions,
- Coordinating and supporting victim support associations, especially through its training body,
- Raising awareness among professionals and the public concerning victim support and information,
- Hosting and running since October 2001 a national victim support
number called 08VICTIMES (08 842 846 37), which listens to crime victims
and directs them to associations close to their place of residence and
to other services or competent bodies. INAVEM manages too the European number 116 000 for families of missing children.
INAVEM and the victim support associations have special
relationships with their institutional partners, such as the courts,
public prosecutor's offices, legal advice centres, the police and
constabulary, hospitals, city halls, etc.
INAVEM and numerous
associations establish national or regional agreements with the banking
sector, commercial organisations or transport companies; these
agreements or contracts are aimed at those who are victims at their
place of work.
Agreements also exist with the Ministries of
Foreign Affairs, Justice, Policy, Sport and National Education in order
to increase victims’ access to the associations’ services.
groups together 141 victim support associations, involving 1,500
employees and volunteers. They run 760 victim welcome offices (in
courts, legal advice centres, police stations, hospitals, etc.) where
most of 300 000 victims are supporting.
The associations have a
code of ethics and a victim support services charter that define the
victim support missions, mediation, the staff’s employment status and
operational relations between the associations and INAVEM.www.inavem.org