Within the Strategy for Victims and Survivors 2009, the Commission is identified as:
The Commission will oversee and provide guidance to the Victims and Survivors Forum in relation to the three key areas of victims and survivors work to ensure that there is a clear focus and that it is productive. The Victims and Survivors Forum will act as an advisory body to the Commission.
The infrastructure envisaged in the 2009 Strategy for Victims and Survivors became fully operational for the first time with the establishment of the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) and also the Victims and Survivors Forum. The Commission's work on the Comprehensive Needs Assessment over the last two years formed the foundations for the planning and delivery of services by the VSS and resulted directly in policy which has shaped its structure and work. Consequently, in April 2012, the VSS was launched.
A copy of the Strategy for Victims and Survivors can be accessed here.
Our Vision is to improve the lives of all victims and survivors of the Conflict.
Our Mission is to address the needs of all victim and survivors by ensuring excellent service provision, acknowledging the legacy of the past and building for a better future.
All our work is underpinned by a number of core values. We use these in our day to day work and we seek outcomes based on the fulfilment of these values.
These values are as follows:
One of the Commissioner's statutory duties is to provide advice to Government on matters affecting victims and survivors. You can view these papers here.
You can also read more about the statutory duties and powers of the Commissioner here.