Following the success of the I European Conference on Domestic Violence, held in Belfast in 2015, the II European Conference on Domestic Violence will be held from 6th to 9th September 2017 at FPCEUP - Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto, in Porto, Portugal. The organization of this Conference is the result of a collaboration between FPCEUP, UMAR, and APAV.
The II European Conference on Domestic Violence will bring together researchers, academics, doctoral students, practitioners, and policy makers, and is designed to:
- Connect research and intervention within the field of domestic violence;
- Exchange knowledge, good practices and methodologies which best contribute to the protection of victims and to the eradication of domestic and gender violence
- Share scientific results which inform the construction of social and legal policies regarding domestic and gender violence
- Promote networking among professionals and experts in this field
- Develop research and practice networks, methods and tools on preventing and combatting domestic violence.
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APAV inaugurated its new Victim Support Office in Oeiras on the September 8th. The ceremony was attended by the President of the APAV, João Lázaro, the Commander of the Metropolitan Command of Lisbon, Superintendente Jorge Maurício and the Mayor of Oeiras, Paulo Vistas.
The new Victim Support Office has the support of the Municipality of Oeiras and the Public Security Police (Divisão Policial de Oeiras COMETLIS) and is located in the PSP Oeiras Police Station, at Rua do Espargal nº 18, 2780-012 Oeiras.
The Victim Support Europe Annual Conference 2017 took place in Dublin on the May 17th and 18th. The conference was focused on "Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses" and was co-hosted by Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVIC), Victims' Rights Alliance (VRA), Victims Support NI and Victim Support Europe.
At the welcome cocktail, which took place at the Oak Room of the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor of Dublin emphasized the importance of the work of the european victim support organizations. APAV participated in the Conference, promoting panels and workshops, and intervened in several parallel events.
On the 12th of April APAV received the visit of the State Secretary for the Citizenship and Equality, Catarina Marcelino, and the President of the Commission for Gender Equality (CIG), Teresa Fragoso. The visit took place in the facilities of the Victim Support Line and in the Shelter Home Alcipe (Casa de Abrigo Alcipe).
During the visit, the President of APAV, João Lázaro, presented the procedures for victim support and the housing service for women victim of domestic violence and their children.