The Victims and Survivors Unit works to raise awareness of, and co-ordinate activity on, issues affecting victims and survivors of our troubled past across the devolved administration and throughout Northern Ireland in general.

The Victims and Survivors Unit works to raise awareness of, and co-ordinate activity on, issues affecting victims and survivors of our troubled past across the devolved administration and throughout Northern Ireland in general.

Our aim

To ensure that the rights and needs of victims and survivors are given a high priority.

The unit has oversight responsibility for the Commission for Victims and Survivors and the Victims and Survivors Service.

Commission for Victims and Survivors

The Commission for Victims and Survivors was established to address the needs of all victims and survivors by ensuring excellent service provision, acknowledging the legacy of the past and building for a better future.  The principal aim of the Commission is to promote the interests of victims and survivors.  The Commission is responsible for providing advice to Government on matters affecting victims and survivors.

The Commission is accountable to the Executive Office in terms of its procedures, activities, and financial responsibilities.

For more information please visit the Commission for Victims and Survivors website.

Victims and Survivors Service

The Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) is the delivery body for the Strategy for Victims and Survivors (2009).The VSS was established to consolidate the provision of support and funding for victims and survivors.  The aim of the VSS is to coordinate service delivery and funding to meet the needs of individual victims and survivors, ensuring that these services are provided at the appropriate standard.  VSS delivers funding to individuals and organisations through two main programmes – the Individual Needs Programme (INP) and the Victims Support Programme (VSP).

The VSS is accountable to the Executive Office in terms of its procedures, activities, and financial responsibilities.

For more information please visit the Victims and Survivors Service website.

Collaborative Design Programme

A Collaborative Design Programme was set up in 2014 to develop an improved victim-centred service delivery model to better meet the needs of all victims and survivors.  The programme is led by the Executive Office together with the Victims and Survivors Service (VSS) and the Commission for Victims and Survivors (CVS).

A new model for delivery of services to Victims and Survivors, based on the Commission for Victims and Survivors ‘Victims and Survivors Delivery Model for 2017-2020 Policy Advice Paper’, came into effect from 3 April 2017.  The new model, which has been designed to sit alongside and complement Peace IV funding and the Regional Trauma Network covers, the 3 year period from 2017-2020 and ensures that support provided is victim-centred, simple to access and tailored to need. 

Going forward, the key objective for the collaborative design programme is the development of any new Strategy for Victims and Survivors Post 2019 in collaboration and partnership with key stakeholders.  The first step will be an outcomes focused independent evaluation of the current strategy.  The evaluation will also outline findings and draw strategic conclusions to inform the development of any future Strategy for Victims and Survivors.  However, decisions on any new Strategy for Victims and Survivors will be for Ministers to make on restoration of the Executive.

Pre - Tender Notification
ID 2159272 - Formal evaluation of Victims and Survivors Strategy 2009-2019

The Executive Office (TEO) is seeking to appoint a Contractor to complete an independent evaluation of the Strategy for Victims and Survivors (2009).  The evaluation is expected to critically examine the extent to which the ten year Strategy has delivered on its overall aims and principles; its impact on outcomes for victims and survivors; and lessons learned from the implementation of the Strategy as well as outline findings and draw strategic conclusions to inform the development of any future Strategy for Victims and Survivors.

The tender process for the Formal Evaluation of the Victims and Survivors Strategy 2009-2019 is due to be published mid/late July and will be made available on the Department of Finance's eTendersNI website.

Please do not reply directly to this pre-notification as all queries must be sent via the eTendersNI messaging portal. Further information relating to the tender process will be made available once published via the eTendersNI website.

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