The final conference of VICToRIIA Project: Best Practices in Victim’s Support: Referrals, Information, Individual Assessment took place on the 20th February, in the Permanent Representation of Romenia to the European Union, in Brussels.
João Lázaro, president of both APAV and Victim Support Europe, welcomed Romanian ambassador Căllin Stoica, who reinforced the importance of the debate on crime victims’ rights both in Europe and in Romania specifically, where there is still a long way to go before consolidating these rights. The opening panel included also Algimantas Čepas, director of Lithuania’s Crime Prevention Center, VICToRIIA Project’s promoter.
In the conference, besides discussing the main obstacles and best practices in victim’s support in terms of referrals, information, and individual assessment put in place in Portugal, Romania, Italy and Lithuania, it was also given attention to future actions towards the establishment of these rights.
APAV’s Marta Carmo and Frederico Marques presented the Portuguese contributes and measures adopted within the project, such as Infovictims and referrals pilot projects.
“Consign 0,5% of your income tax to APAV. It only costs time.” is APAV’s campaign on income tax consignation, developed by a group of students from School of Communication and Media Studies - Ana Faria, Clarisse Dias, Cláudia Fortes, Inês Santos, João Pedro Pereira, Rita Pequeno de Oliveira.
From 1st April to 30th June, while filling your income tax declaration, you can donate 0,5% of the tax to APAV. Once on the Finance Portal, on Table 11, select Field 1101 (Private Institutions of Social Solidarity or Collective Persons with Public Interest), insert APAV’s Tax Identification Number - 502 547 952 – and select the income tax option.
By helping APAV, you’re supporting victims of all kinds of crime.
On the 20th of February, the seminar “Past, present and future of specialised support to children and youngsters victims of sexual violence – the role of CARE Project” took place in Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian. In the event, part of the celebration of the European Day for Victims of Crime – 22nd of February – was presented the work developed by the CARE Project team, as well as some of the results obtained.
Financed by Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the CARE Project, founded in 2016, has supported, over the past four years, 1167 children and youngsters and 154 family members and friends, with a total of 15204 appointments, as revealed in the statistical report available online.
The support requests have double since the beginning of the CARE project, going from 195 new cases in 2016 to 417 in 2019. Most victims are girls between the ages of 14 and 17, and most situations take place within the family context (52,2% of the support requests received) at the hands of fathers/mothers or stepfathers/stepmothers.
Besides the direct support to the victims, the project includes multiple educational and awareness campaigns, which have, so far, reached over 16000 people.
On January 10, APAV's Corporate Bodies took over for the four-year period 2020/2023. This ceremony, which took place at APAV Headquarters in Lisbon, was attended by the new members of the General Assembly, Board, and Supervisory Board.