New law to guarantee compensation to vulnerable victims of crime in Monaco

A new law adopted in Monaco will see victims of sexual offenses and domestic violence, including children, get the compensation they deserve from the State if perpetrators are unable to pay-up.

On 7th December, the National Council voted unanimously in favour of a law put forward by the government, which aims to strengthen the protection of victims and the most vulnerable people in the Principality of Monaco.

The law allows victims of sexual and domestic violence, as well as other crimes, to be compensated by the State if the perpetrator goes bankrupt.

According to the government, the law will prevent victims of crimes being forced into financial difficulty, which would add to the moral trauma they have already suffered.

“It cannot be accepted that victims very often, after the trial, give up asserting their right to be compensated rather than be confronted again with their attacker,” said Minister of State Pierre Dartout in welcoming the adoption of the law. “The respect and protection due to victims must, in all circumstances, constitute the cornerstone of any criminal policy.”

The law is a result of work carried out under the leadership of the Interministerial Delegate for the promotion and protection of women’s rights, and undertaken by the Directorate of Legal Affairs and the Directorate of Judicial Services.


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