Under its assistance mandate, the TFV funds projects and initiatives that are of a reparative quality: they can be physical and psychological rehabilitation and material support to victims, their families and their communities:

  • Physical rehabilitation comprises reconstructive surgery, general surgery, bullet and bomb fragment removal, prosthetic and orthopaedic devices and HIV and AIDS screening, care and support.
  • Psychological rehabilitation initiatives provide victims with individual and group trauma counselling, information sessions, community therapy, large-scale community psychological education through community dialogue and reconciliation to foster peace and healing within and between communities that create a favourable environment for the prevention of crimes.
  • Material support consists of the provision of sustainable, environmentally friendly livelihood-promoting activities. These include education, grants, vocational training, access to referral services and training opportunities focusing on long-term economic empowerment.

In contrast to the implementation of reparation awards, TFV assistance programmes do not require a direct link to an ICC conviction or judicial proceedings.  The TFV may develop assistance programmes in different scenarios: before the start of judicial proceedings, during judicial proceedings and after the end of judicial proceedings in an ICC situation country. 

TFV assistance programmes also do not replace or displace a State’s own responsibility to repair. They may complement and/or strengthen a Government’s own reparative programmes or activities, if possible in alignment with other efforts of international community. 

The TFV funds assistance activities from voluntary contributions of States Parties and private donations.

CTA: Learn about assistance activities in TFV Situation Countries