The goal of the Victims' Assistance Act, namely the best support to victims, will be achieved on the basis of counselling and financial assistance. For this purpose, a Victim Assistance Office was established. The Victims Assistance Act entered into force on 1 April 2008.
In the area of financial assistance, both comprehensive legal aid and rights of compensation are provided for. Legal aid covers the actual cost of the proceedings for victims, such as court fees and expert fees, as well as free legal counsel, depending on the victim's financial situation.
In addition, these provisions are intended to enable victims to receive compensation from the
State for material and non-material injury suffered, to the extent that no or only insufficient compensation is given by third parties. The compensation of non-material injuries is intended to express society's recognition of the difficult situation of the victim as part of comprehensive victim protection, and especially to take into account the situation of victims of sexual offences, who as a rule suffer hardly any material injuries, but usually grave non-material injuries.
Source of Information
CEDAW/C/LIE/4, p.16; A/HRC/10/77, p. 15; CAT/C/LIE/3, p. 3