Mission Statement


APAV believes that the statute of the victim of crime  must be fully  acknowledged, valued and effective and works to achieve this goal in Portugal and beyond.



To  support  victims  of  crime,  their  families  and friends by providing free and confidential quality services and to contribute to the improvement  of public, social and private policies centered in the statute of the victim.



“The inspiration for APAV came from the thought that the criminal and the victim are two faces of the same coin, where in the “heads or tails” of life, the victim’s face seldom remains looking upwards."

Luís de Miranda Pereira, APAV’s Founding Member and President (1990–1997), 25 June 1990