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Awareness raising towards Cybercrime

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Portuguese live in the social networks. Literally. They spend 20 minutes per day online and share all kinds of information and data on their professional and personal life, often without realising it.

This happens not only in Portugal and one might say that is a phenomenon with a worldwide dimension. Each minute the 1,5 billion active users of Facebook post more than 510 thousand comments, 136 thousand photographs and alter more than 293 thousand profiles. The 1,3 billion Twitter users post more than 500 million tweets per day.

This overwhelming sharing leads out for many persons to fall victims of several types of cybercrime: phishing, stalking, cyberbullying, amongst others.

In order to raise the awareness to this dangerous phenomenon, APAV carried out several activities during these last few months, of which the highlight goes to the “Unexpected Biography” written by the nominated Portuguese writer, João Tordo, and to the celebration of the Stalking Awareness Day, last April 18th.

The João Tordo’s “Unexpected Biography” results from the writer’s acceptance of APAV’s invitation to write a person’s biography based only upon the data posted on the Social Networks. This “Unexpected Biography” was compiled in a book, which was publicly launched on the 15th of April 2015, at the Ler Devagar bookstore, located at the LX Factory in Lisbon.

New podcast "Voices" - Free Yourself Global campaign

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"The podcast "Voices" is the first production of Free Yourself Global, the first global and cross-cultural domestic violence campaign. This series brings together all of the voices of the participants of domestic violence, including recovering abusers, victims, children, educators, support agencies and health professionals, law enforcement agencies, policy-makers, celebrities and social entrepreneurs who work to aid in this cause. It is the aim that "Voices" encourages people to open up and share their stories so we can get the heart of what is it that will empower us, whatever our role in domestic violence to interrupt the cycle of violence that often perpetuates through families for generations."

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Infovictims: New Websites

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Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Infovictims.com websites, now with updated contents, new contexts and new languages available!

Visit and check out the updates on the Portuguese website and see how the criminal justice system works in Poland, Germany and Scotland. For more information, please see www.infovictims.de, www.infovictims.pl, www.infovictimscotland.co.uk.

The infovictims websites were developed under Project Infovictims I and II, promoted by APAV and with the financial support of the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union.

IV Journeys of the APAV Azores against violence

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On October 14th, APAV Azores promoted the “IV Journeys of the APAV Azores against violence” in the Culture City Centre of Ponta Delgada. With a panel of various experts, the event was dedicated to debate three main themes: "Cybercrime - The Online Identity Theft", "Victims of Crimes and Hate Speech" and "Sexual Violence against Children and Youth". The Journeys registered a total of 70 participants from the most diverse professional areas.


Stalking: "It starts with a message and ends up taking over your life"

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Similarly to the previous years, APAV dedicated the 18th of April to raise the awareness towards stalking, by remembering the campaign launched in 2015, “It starts with a message and ends up taking over your life”. The campaign was developed with FCB Lisboa’s sponsorship and aims at raising stalking victims’ awareness to seek support and information at APAV. The date was also celebrated through the promotion of a Workshop on Stalking, at APAV’s Training Centre in Lisbon, targeted to college students, professionals from the field of Social and Human Sciences and other professionals interested to acquire knowledge in the field.

APAV alerts for the apparent harmless nature of stalking and to the almost flattering manner in which stalking behaviours may occur. APAV aims to raise the awareness for the possibility of these behaviours becoming more intense and serious, even intimidating, frightening and dangerous to the victim. Stalking became a crime in Portugal in August 2015 as established under article 154 A of the Portuguese Penal Code. Only in 2015 APAV registered 445 cases of stalking, a notably higher number than the 341 cases registered in 2014.