The term ‘victim’ clearly and comprehensively described in the UN General Assembly Declaration to ensure that crime victims should not be neglected by society. According to this definition ‘victim’ is “a person who, individually or collectively, have suffered harm, including physical or mental injury, emotional suffering, economic loss or substantial impairment of their fundamental rights, through acts or omissions that are in violation of criminal laws operative with in member states, including those laws prescribing criminal abuse of power”.
The term “Victim” also includes the immediate family members or direct dependants of Victim and persons who have suffered harm in intervening to assist Victims in distress or to prevent victimisation, where appropriate.