For over 60 years the European Union has stood for social justice and fundamental rights. Those principles are increasingly under threat and we must work together to protect them. Justice, inclusion and support for all are critical to victims of crime and form part of these fundamental values.
The President of APAV - Portuguese Association for Victim Support and VSE - Victim Support Europe, João Lázaro, spoke at the opening of the 1st International Conference of Victim Support Asia. The conference took place in Seoul, South Korea, on March the 24 and 25.
“The fact that the first conference of Victim Support Asia takes place in Seoul (...) is a true testament to the commitment and determination of Mr. Yongwoo Lee and Mr. Hak Seok Kim who have been the driving force behind its creation. It has long been their vision to bring together organisations and institutions working for victims in Asia and around the world”, says João Lázaro.
“I, and Victim Support Europe, have been proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with them in this endeavour. I have no doubt that VSA’s current and future members and partners will together forge a new approach for victims of crime in Asia helping shape the way that rights and services for all victims of crime develop across the continent”.
Source: Victim Support Europe
On the March 11th, the European Remembrance Day for Victims of Terrorism, Victim Support Europe’s board together with representatives from 8 countries took part in the ceremony at the commemoration monument for the victims of terror on Schumanplein, in Brussels. The ceremony was organised by V-Europe and the White March Committee to pay tribute to all victims of terrorism. It is vital to remember all those killed and impacted by terrorism and take a stand against further tragedies in their name.
APAV presents a new awareness campaign on violence against elderly people. The campaign is based on the motto "To look aside is to be an accomplice". This new campaign had strategic and creative development by McCann and the film was directed by Grumpy Panda.
Helgard van Hullen, Vice President of the Victim Support Europe, was awarded by the Parliament of the State of Bavaria (Germany) with its Silver Medal for a life time commitment and work, namely in Weisser Ring Germany, for the well being of the community and public interest. The ceremony took place in the Senate Room of the Bavarian Parliament (Bayerischer Landtag), Munich, on the 1st of February 2019.