Following terrorist attacks, governments are often quick to express their solidarity with victims of terrorism but as the memory of a terrorist atrocity fades, political attention for the victims also ebbs away – in both government and society. In this Research Paper, Dr. Alex P. Schmid explores the roles of victims of terrorism. The paper looks at various definitions of what it means to be a "victim" and also traces the various initiatives aimed at supporting victims over the last two decades. In many cases, the paper finds, such initiatives have been weak. Victims of terrorism are often one of the best positioned actors to counter violent extremism and their role in this respect is also analysed. While the importance of victims is slowly being recognised, this Paper concludes that there is still a lot more work to be done. The Paper ends with several recommendations which could enhance and improve the position of victims and their role in countering violent extremism. Download the Research Paper.
How to cite: Schmid, A. P. "Strengthening the Role of Victims and Incorporating Victims in Efforts to Counter Violent Extremism and Terrorism", The International Centre for Counter-Terrorism - The Hague 3, no. 7 (2012). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19165/2012.1.07