Justice Minister Judit Varga, marking the Day for Victims of Crime on Tuesday, said Hungarians in trouble were not without help, adding that a new victim support centre will be opened in Eger, in northern Hungary, next month.
In an English-language post on Facebook, Varga noted that Hungary opened its tenth victim support centre in Debrecen, in the eastern part of the country, last week. “We will not stop until we bring help to each county and county seat,” the minister said.
She noted that Hungary has so far opened seven victim support centres and two victim support points, quadrupling the country’s victim support capacity. Victim support centres and services provided help to nearly 15,000 victims in 2020 and to more than 17,000 last year, she said. “We have tightened the Criminal Code to better protect victims of violent crimes against family members,” she said, adding that victims could now access all victim support services and assistance regardless of their income situation. Also, last year, the government signed a strategic cooperation agreement with the National University of Public Service, and the institution has incorporated the experiences of victim support centres into the education of police officers, Varga said.