Victim Support Europe is organising the conference “Establishing Victims’ Rights and Support Services in Challenging Times”, hosted at the European Economic and Social Committee on 29 November 2016.
In 2012, the Member States of the European Union, supported by the European Parliament and the European and Economic Social Committee committed to EU legislation establishing minimum rights and services for all victims of crime. The Directive 2012/29/EU establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime was widely recognised as ambitious but realistic.
A year after the deadline for implementation of the EU Victims’ Rights Directive, and at a time when Europe is facing numerous economic, social and security challenges, we examine the state of play in EU Member States. First the conference will highlight the successes and failures of States in implementing minimum standards to meet the needs of victims of crime. The latter half of the conference will address the support needs of victims and survivors of terrorism. The focus will be on the development of victim oriented responses and the EU’s role in supporting these efforts.
Speakers from diverse areas of expertise - including victims of crime, Security Commissioner Julian King, MEP Monika Hohlmeier, Alexandra Jour-Schroeder (DG Justice), Azzeddine Salmane (UNODC), Kathleen Walker-Shaw (EESC) and victim support organisations: Levent Altan (VSE) & Roberta Lepre (VS Malta) - will speak on current developments, problems faced by all victims and priorities for specific areas such as terrorism.
On the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, November 25th, APAV promotes a new raising awareness campaign.
Join this campaign! Write a sign of violence, with the hashtag #ésinaldeviolência. Then take a picture, share it on your Instagram, identify the @apav_online page, and invite your friends to participate.
If it is a sign of violence, contact the APAV Victim Support Line: 116 006 (free toll).
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.
APAV expresses its deep concern at the cases made public recently, referring to Portuguese families in the UK. Recent reports on the removal of children from parents of Portuguese origin (and other nationalities) took APAV to establish contacts with similar organizations in order to express its concern, as well as more information about the practices relating to social services United Kingdom.
APAV won the award for “Best Advertiser”, in the category of “Local Performance” at the El Ojo de Iberoamérica 2016 Festival. APAV won that award for the “Home” awareness campaign, developed by the FCB Lisbon agency for APAV. The award was presented on November 3rd, at the ceremony which took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina.