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Victims' Rights


As a crime victim, you may put forward a variety of claims under German law. This mainly includes appearing as an accessory prosecutor at the offender's criminal trial and file petitions the same way the Prosecution Service does. In the same way, you may file a civil action to receive a fair compensation for the wrong suffered either by yourself or by your close relatives.


For the purpose of claiming damages and general compensation more easily and quickly, German law further knows the option of filing a respective petition at the criminal trial. The trial judge will then award damages without the victim having to raise another action at a civil court.

© Photo: Harald Henkel (Trauer - under CC BY-ND 2.0)
© Photo: Harald Henkel (Trauer - under CC BY-ND 2.0)

To sum it up, you mainly have the following options as a crime victim:


In criminal proceedings:

-Right to be present to follow the trial

-Right to have a confidant present when you give your testimony (emotional support)

-Right to consult a lawyer to defend your interests

-Right to appear as an accessory prosecutor in the case of serious offences


In civil proceedings:

-Claiming damages (for instance to replace broken glasses, cover medical costs, or to compensate a loss of earnings)

-Claiming pain-and-suffering damages for physical and mental impairments as a result of the crime


Victim Support Claims against the German State:

If you have fallen victim to a deliberate crime, you may have damages claims according to the German Criminal Injuries Compensation Act. These mainly cover costs accrued for medical treatments as well as benefit claims, claims for widows and orphans, and financial support for professional integration. I will be happy to assist you with your application for victim support, in particular with the completion of any forms required.

© Photo: Andy (Consolation - under CC BY-ND 2.0)
© Photo: Andy (Consolation - under CC BY-ND 2.0)

When making your voice heard and asserting your claims in this difficult time, I will be at your side with expertise and sympathy. This includes the inspection of the offender's criminal file, a right you can only exercise through a lawyer. Eventually, when it comes to applying for damages and financial support on your behalf, it is understood for me to be there and prepare any necessary forms and documents.