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“Security, Democracy and Cities: The Future of Prevention” | 12/14 December | France

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On the 12th, 13th and 14th of December, the Conference “Security, Democracy and Cities: The Future of Prevention” will be held in France.

Organized by EFUS (European Forum for Urban Security) in partnership with Aubervilliers and Saint-Denis (France), this interdisciplinary and international conference will be dedicated to the exchange of practices, experience and knowledge on crime prevention in Europe and around the world.

At this Conference, where it will be discussed topics related to drug abuse, minorities, organized crime and violence against women, will also be held lectures with experts in various fields in order to evaluate the urban security policies over the past 25 years, the challenges for the future of prevention as well as the main themes discussed by local authorities. Another highlight of this conference will be the adoption of the Manifesto which will reflect the political position adopted.

This initiative, in which 800 attendants from all over the world are expected, is addressed to all those who are involved in urban security, such as local authorities, security professionals, social workers, researchers, and representatives of civil society.


Putting victims’ rights into practice - How to implement EU directive on victims’ rights | 26th November 2012 | European Parliament

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Victim Support Europe’s conference “Putting victims’ rights into practice – How to implement EU directive on victims’ rights across the EU” will take place in the European Parliament on the 26th November from 14h to 18h and will focus on the practical implementation of the EU Directive establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime.

The conference will include presentations from representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. The event will also identify European best practice and input from national Member States’ perspective in relation to key rights, such as victims’ right to protection, right to information, right to individual assessment and right to support.

This is a chance for Members of the European Parliament, criminal justice agencies, national representatives, lawyers, practitioners and academics to learn more about the new EU Directive and how it can be implemented in practice to ensure victims of crime are able to access their new stronger rights across Europe.

For more information please check the website www.victimsupporteurope.eu

Joana Marques Vidal, President of APAV, is the first Portuguese woman to become General Prosecutor

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Joana Marques Vidal was sworn in last October 12th as General Prosecutor by the President of the Portuguese Republic.

The swearing-in ceremony was attended by the Portuguese Prime Minister, the president of the Parliament and the president of the Supreme Court. In the ceremony were also present several members of the Government, namely the Minister of Economy, the Minister of Justice and the Minister of Agriculture.

Holding a Bachelor degree in Law by the Faculty of Law of the University of Lisbon, Joana Marques Vidal was general prosecutor assistant. At the time of the nomination she was the representative of the Public Prosecution in the Regional Section of Azores’ Audit Court. Expert in the area of Family Law, the prosecutor was president of the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) since 2007.

Besides Joana Marques Vidal’s undeniable technical skills and personal qualities, her courage facing every new challenge should be highlighted. The whole APAV team publicly addresses its congratulations for this nomination and whishes her best success.

New APAV Online Store!

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The new APAV Online Store is now available. The store offers a range of products developed by APAV:

- books: directed to professionals and students;

- merchadising: lanyards, keychains and memory sticks;

- special collection TelaBags/APAV: bags made of recycled materials of old campaigns.

All these products are now available at the Online Store, where you can order and make online payments with safety.

APAV Online Store

UK: What the EU Has Done for Victims of Crime

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Victim Support England and Wales chief executive Javed Khan asks David Cameron to Consider What the EU Has Done for Victims of Crime, on a article published on The Huffington Post UK.

"A fair and just society is one that supports victims in the aftermath of crime. That's why I'm strongly urging David Cameron to think again before making any dangerous rejections of existing EU measures in his long awaited speech tomorrow. In particular, those which protect victims of crime at home and abroad. (...)"

Read full article here.