"Eva Larsson, the Secretary General of Victim Support Sweden has passed away at the age of 60 after a period of illness. She will be remembered for her tremendous efforts for victims of crime.
"It is with great sadness we inform you of Eva's passing. Eva has been the driving force in developing Victim Support Sweden and working to ensure that all victims of crime have their rights and needs met. Our thoughts in this difficult time go to her family and close friends," says Sven-Erik Alhem, Chairman of the Board at Victim Support Sweden.
Eva Larsson joined Victim Support Sweden in 1995, initially working as the manager for training within the organisation, then stepped into the role as Secretary General in 2001. Under her leadership, the organisation has developed and now provides support to approximately 70,000 crime victims, witnesses and relatives each year.
Eva Larsson's passing is a great loss for the victim support movement in Sweden. Eva worked to ensure the strengthening of support services in Sweden, both in terms of victims' rights and access to support. It is a work we will now carry on in her spirit, says Fredrik Mellqvist, Acting Secretary General, Victim Support Sweden."
Source: Victim Support Europe
The School of Psychology of the University of Minho, through Prof. José Ferreira-Alves, is coordinating in Portugal the European project SAFE, which aims to elaborate, test and disseminate the results of the administration of a training curriculum for professionals in maltreatment to the elderly. This project is being carried out with several health, police, municipal and social institutions, namely APAV - Victim Support Office Braga, Guimarães City Hall, PSP, GNR (NIAVE), several health centers, social facilities for the elderly and the Hospital de Braga. This project includes doctors, nurses, social workers, psychologists, social educators and police forces linked to domestic violence. This project will end with a written work where interventions will be proposed at the level of public policies that help prevent and intervene on the phenomenon of elder abuse.
APAV launches today the first edition of the digital newsletter of project PROVICTIMS.
PROVICTIMS, co-financed by the Justice Programme of the European Union and implemented in partnership with national and European organisations, aims to study and promote the role of the Public Prosecution Services in the realisation of the rights of victims of crime.
In this newsletter you can get to know more about the project, its objectives and activities, as well as the entities involved in its implementation.
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