The Portuguese Association for Victim Support presents today, marking the Safer Internet Day, APAV Statistics | Internet Safe Line 2020, the result of the analysis of this Line that provides support in both aspects of reporting illegal content on the Internet and in support of issues related to the use of technologies and victims of cybercrime.
In 2020, the year in which we were all, in some way, impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,The Internet Safe Line recorded a total of 1,164 processes in two areas: customer service (helpline) and complaint (hotline). This document presents specific statistics on registered care and support processes, crimes and other forms of violence, as well as the profile of the victim of crime.
The Internet Safe Line, managed by APAV since January 2019, also covers awareness raising.Young people, and society at large, are now more dependent on technology than ever before. It becomes increasingly important to question the apps and platforms we use every day to socialize, exercise, learn and share.
Today, February 6, marks the International Day of Zero Tolerance Against Female Genital Mutilation. Female Genital Mutilation constitutes a serious violation of Human Rights and, particulary, a way of violence against womans.
It is recognized as a global phenomenon. The latest data estimate that in Europe there are about 600,000 women and girls living with the physical and psychological consequences of FGM/C and that around 180,000 girls in 13 countries are at risk of being subjected to FGM/C.
FGM/C comprises all procedures that involve the total or partial removal of the external female genital organs, or that cause injuries to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons.
According to WHO, the reasons why the FGM/C is praticed include a mixutre of socio-cultural fatores that characterize families and comunities. Not found in any religion foundation for FGM/C, being the mainenance of the pratice relalated to wrong beliefs about a girl’s development and her preparation to be woman; about sexuality, femininity, fidelity and / or hygiene.
APAV, through Support Unit for Migrant Victims and Discrimination (UAVMD), provides legal, psychological and social support services specialized services to migrant people who are victims of crime and / or victims of specific forms of violence, namely FGM/C.
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On February 9 we presented Data Detox x Youth, an activity kit to help children and young people think about different aspects of their digital lives, from their social media profiles to passwords.
The presentation, which marks the Safer Internet Day, will be broadcast live at 17:30 on APAV's YouTube and Facebook and will feature Ricardo Estrela, manager of APAV's Safe Internet Line, João Pedro Martins, Portuguese ambassador of the network of Safe Internet Centers (INSAFE) and Daisy Kidd, communication coordinator for Tactical Tech, the international organization responsible for the Data Detox x Youth Kit project.
The kit encourages young people to ask critical questions such as: “Who has access to my data?”, “Do I have control over this?”,"What does my online profile look like?";but it is also essential for raising awareness among parents, educators and others who play a role in securing the digital footprint of young people.
Within the scope of the Local Contract of Oeiras Security, APAV is developing the Project “APAV in Bairro dos Navegadores”, financed by the Municipality of Oeiras within the scope of its policy of supporting social organizations and promoting responses to victims of violence and crime.
The “APAV in Bairro dos Navegadores” aims to provide specialized assistance and support to victims of all crimes and and community awareness of the various types of crime and violence in terms of prevention and support. APAV is the new CLS Partner that, together with all other partner entities, aims to contribute to the good implementation of the CLS in Oeiras.
The second newsletter was launched on the project Violence against Women and Domestic Violence (VMVD) in Times of Pandemic: characterization, challenges and opportunities in distance support (AaD). This is the first scientific research project developed by APAV, it is funded by the Foundation for Science and Technology (Line Gender Research 4 COVID-19) and has a partnership with Egas Moniz - Higher Education Cooperative (LABPsi) and the Fernando Pessoa University (UFP). See the newsletter here.