On June 18, in Batumi, under the initiative of the Prosecutor's Office and under the support of the USA embassy to Georgia, a conference was opened dedicated to the victim's rights, and the analysis of their protection measures. In addition to the Prosecutor General's Office, representatives of the Ministry of Internal Affairs, and Ministry of Corrections and Legal Assistance of Georgia, as well as social workers, representatives of nongovernmental organizations interested in these issues took part in the conference. The Victim's Week in Georgia was opened with the Batumi Conference.
Safety of Georgian citizens, reduction the number of crime victims, maximal defense the interests of victims - are one of the main directions of the Prosecutor's Office of Georgia. According to the last findings of the Crime and Security research, only 1.2 % of the respondents became the victims of crimes last year, and 85% of them think they feel safe.
Participants of the conference received information about a new project of the Prosecutor's Office - "Victim/Witness Coordinator", learned about the current data of the crime statistics, discussed about the details of free legal advice to a victim; and considered the issues regarding domestic violence.
The conference will be ended on June 19. On the second day, the participants of the seminar will talk about the trafficking problems, and discuss the future plans of the Victim/Witness Coordinator Service.
Within the framework of the Victim's Week, a presentation of research on consumer satisfaction will be held at the Ministry of Justice; as well as a round table, meetings, discussions, where defense the rights of victims and in this regard, introduction of the international standards will be considered.
"Victim/Witness Coordinator Service" has been effective since August 2011 in Tbilisi, Batumi, Kutaisi and Rustavi. This year, the program also covers Telavi, Zugdidi and Gori. This service aims at ensuring fair and dignified treatment to the victims and witnesses during the criminal case proceedings, and at providing detailed information to them about the case progress, which will make the citizens' contact with the law enforcement system more effective.