"A Portuguese judge has triggered a row over sexism by suggesting that an abused women deserved to be punished because she had committed adultery.
Back in 2015, the victim was lured into a hostage situation by her former lover on the premise he wanted to reconcile their affair. But when she was in his clutches, he then called her ex-husband to confront her. The pair then beat up the woman, using a studded hammer to inflict blows.
Both men received a suspended sentence last week and it’s now emerged an appeal judge said this when considering the initial verdict:
“A woman’s adultery is a very serious attack on the honor and dignity of a man. Societies exist where an adulterous woman is stoned to death.
In the Bible, we can read that the adulterous woman should be punished by death. Not long ago the criminal law (Penal Code of 1886, article 372º) punished, with little more than a symbolic penalty, the man who, on finding his adulterous wife, killed her.”
Rights groups have widely criticised the ruling as evidence of widespread patriarchal and sexist attitudes in Portugal.
Frederico Moyano Marques from the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV) told euronews: “Public and private organisations working in this area have invested heavily in order to make society itself less and less tolerant of this type of behaviour. Therefore, the same State that has made this very big investment, the same society that has made that investment, can not give the wrong or opposite sign. We are not talking about a citizen who, over a coffee table, makes these kind of statements. We are talking about the exercise of a jurisdictional power, an organ of sovereignty with all its impact.”
Other women’s rights groups have called for the judge to be disbarred, They say although such lenient sentences aren’t common, this is not an isolated case."
APAV hosted the Workshop "116 006: European victim support heplines", on the 19th and 20th of October, an event co-organised by Victim Support Europe. This workshop had the objective to promote the share of good practices, a large and interactive debate about technical and organizational aspects, as like about how 116 006 was integrate the other distance-based victim support and the implications for policy and legislation.
The establishment of a 116 0006 number is also aligned with the idea of common standards on the rights of victims of crime within the EU, as it enables the provision of emotional support, of information about rights and how to use them, while also referring victims to the relevant organisations.
The use of a harmonised European victim support helpline 116 006, short and easy to memorise, allows victims moving around, either victimised while travelling or still suffering consequences of a crime committed in another Member State, to use the same number and reach the same type of service. The establishment of a 116 0006 number is also aligned with the idea of common standards on the rights of victims of crime within the EU, as it enables the provision of emotional support, of information about rights and how to use them, while also referring victims to the relevant organisations.
There are currently 10 victim support organisations (VSOs) operating the 116 006 in their Member State – Weisser Ring (Germany), Weisser Ring (Austria), Croatian Victim and Witness Support Service (Croatia), Crime Victims Helpline (Ireland), Slachtofferhulp Nederland (The Netherlands), Bílý Kruh Bezpečí (Czech Republic), Offerrådgivningen i Danmark (Denmark), Rikosuhripäivystys (RIKU, Finland), France Victimes (France) and the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (Portugal).
The Brazilian Delegation of the National Council of Public Prosecutions (CNMP) visited APAV on the 22nd of September, under the Sectoral Dialogue Program, promoted by CNMP and the European Union, which is logistically supported by APAV.
This visit expected to identify agencies and administrative structures to support women victims of crime as well as to announce the functioning of protocols with the public security organs. It started with a meeting where APAV presented its services to victims of crime and continued with a visit to the Victim Support Office of Lisbon and the Victim Support Line.
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.
On the 26th of September APAV received the visit of the Australian Parliamentary Joint Committee on Law Enforcement, at APAV Lisbon Headquarters. The delegation was composed of five members of Parliamentary Committee, complemented by two members of the Embassy: Mr. Craig Kelly, Member of Parliament (Chair), Senator the Hon Lisa Singh (Deputy Chair), Senator David Bushby, Senator Skye Kakoschke-Moore, Ms. Sophie Dunstone (Committee Secretary and Delegation Secretary), Mr. John Fisher, Deputy Head of Mission and First Secretary of Consul e Mr. Christian Hermansson, Political and Economic Advisor of Australian Embassy.