The Victim Support Europe Annual Conference brings together professionals from member organizations from every corners of Europe. The Conference is a unique opportunity to share knowledge and experiences on providing support to victims of crime. This year the conference, co-organized by the VSE and France Victimes, took place in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The theme of the Conference was Victim recovery: a road with many routes.
João Lázaro, president of APAV and Victim Support Europe, was part of the opening panel and his speech marked the beginning of the Conference.
APAV was also represented by Mafalda Valério, who presented the theme Remote support: the example of victim support helplines. Also present was Marta Carmo who facilitated a workshop on the theme A route to effective and quality services, focused on APAV’s quality management system, monitoring and impact assessment. Bruno Brito participated in the first plenary session of the second day of the Conference, presenting the topic Which psychological assistance for which victim: assessing needs and making available different types of support and facilitated two workshops: Sexual violence against children and Planning for victim support response to a terrorist attack.
The INHOPE - International Association of Internet Hotlines AGM (Annual General Meeting) and trainign meeting took place in Dublin on June 24th to 27th.
APAV was represented at the event by its President, João Lázaro, and by the operational manager of the Safer Internet Helpline (LIS), Ricardo Estrela.
June 27th was dedicated to the sharing of experiences related to the prevention of the dissemination of sexual abuse content of children and young people. In this context, Ricardo Estrela made a presentation entitled “Prevention and Awareness: Synergies between Helplines and Hotlines: APAV integrated approach".
The Portuguese Association of Victim Support (APAV) launched a new campaing to raise awereness about the reality of violence that children and youngsters suffer. The campaign was creatively developed, in a patronage way, by the agency Fullsix and part of the motto: "The marks of violence in childhood never pass."
In parallel it was also presented the new resources of the CARE Network: the new microsite and the second edition of the CARE manual. The microsite is available at: apav.pt/care.
The Portuguese Association of Victim Support releases the reports: APAV Statistics: Children and Youngsters Victims of Crime and Violence 2013-2018 and Infographics: Supporting Children and Young People Victims of Sexual Violence (January 2016-May 2019).
Between 2013 and 2018 APAV supported more than 5600 children and youngsters victims of more than 9500 crimes. And between january of 2016 and may of 2019 the CARE Network supported 881 children and young people who were victims of sexual violence, as well as 140 family and friends.
APAV has been devoting special attention to this issue since January 2016 with the creation of the CARE Network, a specialized support network for children and youngsters victims of sexual violence.
On May 25th, the 16th edition of the Solidarity Race of the Portuguese Association for Victim Support was held.
This initiative once again had a solidarity objective, with the value of the registrations to be reverted to the daily support that the APAV provides to victims of all types of crime and violence.
The race had the technical organization of Xistarca, with the institutional support of the Lisbon City Council and with the sponsorship of EPAL - Empresa Portuguesa das Águas Livres and D. Pedro Hotels.