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 10th of May, APAV inaugurated the new Victim Support Office of Alto Alentejo Oeste. The new Victim Support Office has the support of the Municipality of Ponte de Sor and its mission is to provide support to the municipalities of Alter do Chão, Avis, Crato, Gavião, Fronteira, Nisa, Ponte de Sor and Sousel, providing support to victims that are living in a territory characterized by populations dispersion. The prevention of criminality and violence in the western area of Alto Alentejo is also a gamble for this new and innovative service, based on the mobility and flexibility toward the territory and the population.
This innovative service comes from the operationalization of the Collaboration Protocol, signed on the 14th of March 2017 with the State Secretary for Citizenship and Equality, Catarina Marcelino, eight municipalities members of the Intermunicipal Community of Alto Alentejo, the Commission for Citizenship and Equality of Gender (CIG), the decentralized services of the direct administration of the State in the areas of Social Security, Education, Health and Professional Training, the services of the Ministry of Justice in the areas of Legal Medicine, Reinsertion and Penitentiary Services, the Commissions of Children and Youngster Protection, GNR, PSP, Fire Fighters and Polytechnic Institute of Portalegre.
In this way, APAV comes to be directly present in 23 municipalities through its network of 16 Victim Support Offices, based on three sub-networks of specialized support: CARE (children and youngster victims of sexual violence), RAFAVH (families and friends of murder victims), UAVM+D (migrants and discrimination victims); as well as the network of shelter houses and the Victim Support Line – 116 006.
The international campaign Free Yourself - Healing Families; Ending Domestic Violence is raising funds to develop a digital platform to provide information and connectivity to victims of domestic violence from around the world, as well as 200 NGO affiliate partners and their employees who represent over 68 countries. The platform will include a fully responsive Website as well as iOS and Android based apps for Mobile to maximise user access and device coverage.
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.