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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.