The Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) engaged in a research on organisations coordinating and promoting victim support in the quest for good practices. The research is carried out upon the invitation of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency and is conducted under the guidance of Dr. Sergio Carrera, Head of the CEPS Justice and Home Affairs Programme, with the involvement of CEPS Research Assistant Nicholas Hernanz and Hungarian criminologists Dr. Petra Bárd and Dr. Andrea Borbíró. Their team wishes to explore the views and opinions of important civil society actors at EU and European level on achievements and shortcomings in the implementation of victims’ rights relevant for the provision of victim support.

Six core vulnerable groups and sensitive issues are singled out for further scrutiny including victims of domestic violence or stalking and children victims of sexual abuse.

The project fits into the wider framework of the “Victims’ Package” that was put forward under the Hungarian Presidency in March 2011 intending among others to reinforce victims’ rights by replacing Framework Decision 2001/220/JHA of 15 March 2001 on the standing of victims in criminal proceedings with a stronger instrument.


TABBY (Threat Assessment of Bullying Behaviour) in internet

TABBY Internet bullying research

„TABBY (Threat Assessment of Bullying Behaviour) on the Internet” international project (2011-2012)

The project involves five countries (Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Hungary), and it focuses on cyberbullying). It aims to develop a threat assessment questionnaire which children themselves can complete and thus assess what the outcome of a particular cyberbullying incident could be. Within the project, we hold training sessions related to cyberbullying (with special emphasis on the solution) for teachers and children. This latter seeks to train teacher and peer mentors to whom other, bullied students can turn to for help.

The project also involves a panel survey, in which we ask students of 14-15 about their experiences of online bullying and the ways to handle it. During the six months between the preliminary and follow-up questions, the teachers and students prepared at the training conduct informative-mentoring activity at the partner schools. The experiment seeks to measure the effectiveness of this activity. On demand, we provide consultation on children’s online bullying to the schools participating in the research.