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.
APAV promotes the new campaign "Fight Hate with Respect". This campaign aims to raise awareness against hate speech and hate crime. This campaign features five of the most proeminent hip-hop artists of the Portuguese musical scene: Ace (ethnic and racial hate); M7 (hate against LGBTIQ+ people), Papillon (hate and religious intolerance), Estraca (hate agains migrants and refugees) and Malabá (general theme).
The campaign is inspired by the concept of Rap Battles - musical battles that have hatred as genesis and in which insults are exchanged, as in the relationship between those who hate and those who hate them. In this campaign, the fight is against hate and not against people. Here, the protagonists are brought face-to-face with the victims - and instead of shouting words of hatred, they shout words of respect.
This campaign was developed under the project Hate No More, a project co-financed by the European Union's Rights, Equality and Citizenship / Justice Program, with the national partnership of the Judiciary Police and the General Prosecutor's Office, as well as the associated partnership of the Commission for Citizenship and Gender Equality, and with European partner organizations - Faith Matters (United Kingdom), Solidarci (Italy), Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority (Sweden), Victim Support Austria (Austria) and Victim Support Malta (Malta).
From January 2019 the Portuguese Victim Support Association will join the Safer Internet Centre (CIS) and the services of the portuguese Safer Internet Helpline and the Internet Alert Helpline will be under the coordination of APAV.
The Internet Alert Helpline is a platform for reporting illegal online content, including content of sexual abuse of minors, apology to violence and apology to racism / xenophobia. More information: linhaalerta.internetsegura.pt
A workshop on victim support helplines and distance support was held in the German city of Mainz, on the 6th and 7th of December. This initiative was promoted by Victim Support Europe and was supported by Weisser Ring (Germany).
APAV participated in the workshop, presenting its experience in communicating and disseminating the Victim Support Line / System of Integrated Support at a Distance. The APAV communication was presented by Ricardo Estrela and Nuno Catarino.
The Portuguese Association for Victim Support is pleased to announce that João Lázaro, APAV's president, was unanimously re-elected president of Victim Support Europe (VSE) for a second three-year term. The re-election took place in Brussels on the December 11th, during the VSE General Assembly.
Today, Victim Support Europe leads the defense and promotion of the rights of victims of crime in Europe. The remarkable growth of the organization, only possible due to the commitment of the VSE board and staff, is reflected in an increasingly global action of the organization. The VSE board is currently composed of ten members of organizations from various European countries: Germany, France, Northern Ireland, Austria, Hungary, Russia, Croatia and Finland.
After the election, the VSE re-elected president addressed words of appreciation and appreciation to all members of the organization's staff, without whom VSE growth would not be possible. He also thanked the team for its confidence in his work, reinforcing the motivation and commitment that led him to preside over this organization, which aims to be the voice of all victims of crime in Europe.
VSE has been established since 1990 as the organization that brings together the various victim support services and organizations in Europe - currently representing 54 European national victim support organizations in 29 countries.