Victims of Brabant Killings can still request assistance

Wednesday, 06 December 2017 12:56
Mr Geens would like all victims affected by the Brabant killings to come forward. The Commission for Financial Assistance with Intentional Acts of Violence is on hand to assist them. Mr Geens would like all victims affected by the Brabant killings to come forward. The Commission for Financial Assistance with Intentional Acts of Violence is on hand to assist them. © Belga
Those who were, directly or indirectly, victims of the Brabant Killings can still get in touch with the Commission for Financial Assistance with Intentional Acts of Violence.
This was announced on Wednesday by the Minister of Justice, Koen Geens (CD&V). He stated that he would supply more detailed information during the meeting with the victims, their loved ones and the Public Prosecutor’s Office next Monday.

Saying that he understands the requests by the victims of the Brabant Killings, the minister explained in a communiqué that in the 1980s the approach of victims was different to the present day. This raises the question of knowing if all of the victims have indeed come forward.

Mr Geens commented, “Obviously some people keep traumas to themselves, for which the wounds have currently reopened following the recent revelations. Some victims who were, at the time, directly or indirectly involved maybe now feel ready to speak about the events.” This is why he is insisting upon the fact that it is still possible for victims who have not yet come forward to do so.

The Minister of Justice further said, “For some victims, the past is so painful that they have not been able to find the appropriate words for so many years to speak of these horrifying events. This is why we are now reaching out to them so that they can tell their story. The Commission for Financial Assistance with Intentional Acts of Violence can help them to both understand the past, and provide them with psychological support towards a better future.”

Christopher Vincent
The Brussels Times
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