About Us

We at the Commission for Victims and Survivors for Northern Ireland believe passionately in our work and the rights of all victims and survivors to be heard, to be respected and to have access to services that are the best they can be.

The Commission for Victims and Survivors (the Commission) was established in May 2008 under the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006, as amended by the Commission for Victims and Survivors Act (Northern Ireland) 2008.

The Commission is a Non-departmental Public Body (NDPB) of The Executive Office.

 

The Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006

The Commission works to the definition of a victim and survivor as interpreted within the Victims and Survivors (Northern Ireland) Order 2006.

Article 3 of this order states:

(1) In this Order references to "victim and survivor" are references to an individual appearing to the Commissioner to be any of the following:

      1. someone who is or has been physically or psychologically injured as a result of or in consequence of a conflict-related incident;
      2. someone who provides a substantial amount of care on a regular basis for an individual mentioned in paragraph (a); or
      3. someone who has been bereaved as a result of or in consequence of a conflict-related incident. 

(2) Without prejudice to the generality of paragraph (1), an individual may be psychologically injured as a result of or in consequence of:

      1. witnessing a conflict-related incident or the consequences of such an incident; or
      2. providing medical or other emergency assistance to an individual in connection with a conflict-related incident.