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Victim Support Europe promotes conference on Online Victimisation: Developing a Comprehensive Response

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Victim Support Europe will hold a conference on the subject of "Online Victimisation: Developing a Comprehensive Response". The conference will take place at the Representation of Free State of Bavaria to the EU, in Brussels, on the December 12th.

The conference will bring together VSE member representatives and other EU officials to discuss a holistic approach to supporting victims of cybercrime. Much of the focus and prioritisation of work in the field has been on law enforcement, removal of images etc., without sufficient attention to supporting people who have been victimised.

At the same time, awareness raising and prevention need to be an integral part of any support service working on cybercrime. The conference will therefore explore these two different aspects of support, how they are best delivered and how this is achieved with victims from different areas such as fraud, bullying, non-consensual sexual image sharing, stalking etc.

Conference programme

Hate No More Conference | Acknowledgments

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It was held on September the 26 the Hate No More Conference, at Campus da Justiça, in Lisbon, an event in which culminated the work of the project Hate No More: Support to Victims of Hate Crime. The Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) notes, with great pleasure, the extremely positive reaction of all partner entities during this day.

APAV thanks all partners who have made it possible to hold this conference. To national partners - Policia Judiciária, Procuradoria-Geral da República e Comissão para a Cidadania e Igualdade de Género - as well as international partners - Faith Matters (United Kingdom), Solidarcy (Italy), Victim Support Malta (Malta), Swedish Crime Victim Support (Sweden), Victim Support Austria (Austria); Spanish Confederation of Police (Spain) and Victim Support Europe -, APAV appreciates the collaboration and dedication to this project.

APAV also thanks the support given by various national and international entities, notably the Direção-Geral da Política de Justiça (DGPJ), Direção-Geral da Administração da Justiça, Instituto dos Registos e do Notariado (IRN), Instituto de Gestão Financeira e Equipamentos da Justiça (IGFEJ) and the British Embassy Lisbon.

APAV also thanks, especially, to all the speakers who have agreed to participate in this event, as well as to all the volunteers present, who every day allow APAV to carry out its mission successfully.

Did you know that you can support APAV through Facebook?

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If you would like to make a donation, you can do it on “Fazer Donativo” (“Make a Donation”, on our cover photo).

To create a fundraiser among your friends, just go to the APAV page and select the “Angariação de Fundos” ("Fundraising") option from the menu on the left. Many people already opt for this type of fundraising, especially on their birthdays.

Remember: by supporting APAV, you are supporting the victims of all types of crime.


International day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism

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On the August 21st it is celebrated the first International day of Remembrance of and Tribute to Victims of Terrorism. On this day Victim Supoort Europe presents a video-poem in honour of all those affected by terrorist attacks.

The poem “In the Light and the Dark”, written by an ambulance technician who responded to the 22nd of March 2016 attacks at Zaventem airport in Belgium, was an expression of concern for those still dealing with their experiences and a plea for the necessary preparation, recognition and support. It reflects the attentive and supportive environment she had. She was fine, but many others continue to suffer. The poem holds true today as much as it did then. Recovery comes at its own pace and no-one should be alone along the way.

This video-poem is dedicated to those who have suffered and lost, and to the family, friends and others who were there to support them.

Guide for training of professionals on victims’ rights

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The Portuguese Association for Victim Support, in the course of the partnership in the project “Developing an EU Training Module for the Victims Directive”, presents a guide for training of professionals on victims’ rights.

The guide (only in Portuguese) is a systematic and succinct approach to the rights of victims of crimes under the terms of the Victims Directive and Portuguese legislation, in particular the Victims' Statute, is carried out. It focuses on a set of issues related not only to the legal framework, but also to the practical operationalization of rights, taking into account recommendations from international organizations and APAV's field experience.

The project “Developing an EU Training Module for the Victims Directive” is funded by the European Commission and is intended to support the training of European lawyers, prosecutors and the judiciary on the needs and rights of victims of crime as provided for by Directive 2012/29/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 25 October 2012 establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime (the “Victims’ Directive”).

Guide for training of professionals on victims’ rights (in Portuguese)