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Exhibition: "Giving voice to silence"

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The Museum of Archaeology and Numismatics of Vila Real joins the celebration of 25 Years of APAV, hosting the exhibition "Giving Voice to Silence." The exhibition will be inaugurated on June 3 and brings together a selection of awareness campaigns promoted by APAV. The exhibition will be open until the 27th of June.

In 2015 the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) celebrates its 25th anniversary. Since 1990 APAV has supported an increasing number of victims of crime, an estimated population of over 270,000 people. As a nationwide social solidarity institution, it’s mission to protect and support victims of crime is crucial in the Portuguese Society. Over 25 years APAV, together with the support of advertising agencies, has developed an immense work on raising awareness campaigns. That is the work that we bring to you today. This outreach work complements the direct support to victims of crime and is critical to the fulfillment of the social mission of the APAV. APAV, 25 years giving voice to silence.

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APAV launches the English version of the microsite about Sexual Violence

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APAV launches the English version of the microsite about Sexual Violence. This website was developed as part of the activities of the Project Unisexo 2, focused on the prevention of sexual violence.

The English version of the website was developed due to the high number of foreign students currently attending the University of Coimbra, about 4,000 from 100 different nationalities.

This version aims to facilitate access by the entire academic community to practical information on sexual violence and prevention strategies.

The microsite is available in:

Conference: Victims of Crime in Europe: the future is now! | 13/14 May

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The Conference Victims of Crime in Europe: the future is now!, a commemorative event of APAV’s 25th Anniversary and the 25th Annual Conference of Victim Support Europe, will be held in Lisbon, on the 13th and 14th of May 2015, at the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

APAV and Victim Support Europe invite you to guarantee your presence and come join the discussion on the development of the rights of victims over the past 25 years and the challenges and best practices in the implementation of the rights of crime victims in the European Union, with a particular focus on:

· The right to participation and information;
· The right to protection;
· The right to safeguards in Restorative Justice;
· The right to victim support services;
· Assisting victims with specific needs;
· The financial costs to the victim (expenses, legal aid, compensation);
· Prevention and unreported crime.

We hope you will be able to attend!

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APAV launches a new website: www.abcjustica.pt

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On the 24th of September, APAV launched the website www.abcjustica.pt, developed under the Project ABC Justice, promoted by APAV and co-financed by the Alumni Engagement Innovation Fund, of the United States Embassy.

Within the context of an increased attention towards the rights of victims of crime, following the adoption of the new Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime, this new and innovative resource aims to inform youngsters aged between 12 and 17 about the functioning of the criminal justice system and the rights of victims of crime.

Several themes are covered using a simple approach, with uncomplicated and child-friendly language. The rights of victims of crime and the ways and resources to obtain them are explained. Youngsters are also provided with an overview of the different phases of the criminal proceedings as well as with the role of the most relevant figures that work or participate in the criminal justice system.

Young visitors will also be allowed to have some fun while learning. They are presented with videos where young students explain the core themes of the website, with useful links and with a glossary. A quiz for young people to put their knowledge at test is also available.

For now the website is available in Portuguese, but soon we will present an English version so that other foreign youngsters can jump on board for a trip into the world of the criminal justice system. Feel free to join us on a visit!