APAV presents the new edition of the magazine Miscellanea APAV. The launching session took place at the APAV Headquarters in Lisbon, on the December 27th. Miscellanea APAV is a magazine promoted by APAV that aims to disseminate scientific articles and reflection on issues related to victims of crime or victim support. This sixth edition of Miscellanea APAV brings together four original articles and is illustrated with a selection of photos by Sérgio Aires.
The Seminar “Countering Trafficking in Human Beings, Protecting Victims and Enhancing Financial Investigations” was the final event of a series of seminars promoted by ERA – the Academy of European Law – on trafficking of human beings. This seminar took place in Trier, Germany, on the 13th and 14th of December.
APAV participated in this seminar as an invited speaker. João Lázaro, President of APAV and President of Victim Support Europe, presented a communication on the subject: Providing better access and realise the rights of victims of Trafficking of Human Beings: An analysis of the EU Victim's Rights Package and the way forward to ensure that victims are identified and treated as “rights holders".
Victim Support Europe (VSE) in collaboration with the European Public Law Organisation, the European Anti-Violence Network, the Centre for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, the Smile of the Child and Panteion University are holding a multi-stakeholder meeting exploring how the State and NGOs can work together to improve the situation of victims of crime in Greece.
In 2012, Greece along with 26 other Member States of the European Union supported the adoption of a new Directive on minimum standards for Victims of Crime. That Directive came into force in 2015. Taking that Directive into account, in Greece today, victims of crime should have access to support anywhere in the country, they should be provided with adequate information on reporting a crime and about proceedings, and they should be properly protected from further victimisation and secondary victimisation.
Recognising both the urgency for action and the value in co-operation, the participants use this meeting to explore the key priorities for victims in Greece. What are the main challenges, what practices are working already and what could be introduced in the future? The main goal is to strengthen the networks and establish new commitments to work together to improve the lives of victims.
APAV participates in this meeting, represented by João Lázaro, President of APAV who is also President of the VSE.
Victim Support Europe will hold a conference on the subject of "Online Victimisation: Developing a Comprehensive Response". The conference will take place at the Representation of Free State of Bavaria to the EU, in Brussels, on the December 12th.
The conference will bring together VSE member representatives and other EU officials to discuss a holistic approach to supporting victims of cybercrime. Much of the focus and prioritisation of work in the field has been on law enforcement, removal of images etc., without sufficient attention to supporting people who have been victimised.
At the same time, awareness raising and prevention need to be an integral part of any support service working on cybercrime. The conference will therefore explore these two different aspects of support, how they are best delivered and how this is achieved with victims from different areas such as fraud, bullying, non-consensual sexual image sharing, stalking etc.