Psychosocial Support in Criminal Proceedings

Psychosocial support in criminal proceedings is a type of assistance during said proceedings embedded in criminal procedure law with no costs for the persons that require it. It is only meant for victims of serious offences, who act as witnesses in their own criminal proceedings, and is supposed to inform persons on the circumstances of these proceedings as well as the different procedural stages. The aim is to make the criminal proceedings as transparent as possible and reduce stress for the victim.

The person offering psychosocial support is permitted to offer the victim assistance during questioning and be present in the court session of the criminal proceedings.

Offers of Psychosocial Support in Criminal Proceedings

The websites of the Ministries of Justice of the indvidual federal states in Germany offer information on the psychosocial support in those states. To find psychosocial support near you, we recommend using the search function.  

Baden-Württemberg

Bayern

Berlin

Brandenburg

Bremen

Hamburg

Hessen

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern

Niedersachsen

Nordrhein-Westfalen

Rheinland-Pfalz

Saarland

Sachsen

Sachsen-Anhalt

Schleswig Hosltein

Thüringen

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