Due to the 25th birthday of the Victim Support Office in Coimbra, on the 5th of December, APAV promoted a conference which was attended by Álvaro Laborinho Lúcio (Founding associate of APAV).
The event was co-organized with the Penedo da Saudade Cultural Centre and the Instituto Politécnico de Coimbra.
Europe was once again hit by a terrorist attack in London and a violent attack in The Hague, with motivation not confirmed yet, on 29th November 2019.
APAV expresses its sorrow for the victims and solidarity for the family members, friends and community affected by the incidents.
Terrorist attacks and violent acts like these have a devastating effect on the direct and indirect victims. It is crucial that those affected by these crimes receive support so they can manage do deal with the immediate and long term consequences.
The APAV Family and Friends of Victims of Homicide and Terrorism Victims Support Network (RAFAVHVT) is available to support any citizen who has been affected or experienced an attack, as well as their families and friends.
The fifth of December is International Volunteer Day. Established by the ONU, this day reinforces the importance of valuing all members of the society who freely and spontaneously ally to provide ongoing support to the most vulnerable and disadvantage individuals in their community. For us, this date is intended to give voice and expression to national and international volunteering initiatives, seeking to give them fair visibility and merit through their impetus in APAV’s work; joint action to promote equality, cohesion, beneficence and civic justice.
Since its foundation, APAV has the privilege to collaborate with a huge and continuous number of volunteers, who act in an unselfish and free way to serve the mission and vision of the institution in supporting victims of crime, their families and friends. Each volunteer makes an essential contribute to our activity to providing support.
Publicly, we want to express our gratitude for all the generosity shown by the volunteers who make possible a better support for the victims of crime and violence.
Marking the date, APAV promoted the first APAV regional volunteer meeting, in Mercado de Culturas in Lisbon. Besides being an event of an educative, sharing, reflection and animation nature, this meeting sims to strengthen the good relationship between all and make the belonging spirit to APAV even stronger.
On the second and third of December, in Palacio de Congresos y Exposiciones de Sevilla, the tenth edition of the International Congress for the study of violence against women was held - a forum for meetings, participation, training and research on gender violence.
APAV was represented in the panel about the international experiences relates do gender violence, by Daniel Cotrim. The organization of this congress is based on the conviction that permanent and specialized training and information on gender violence and the participation of different areas directly related to its treatment, are the key to further advancing the prevention, care and eradication of gender-based violence.
The VSE´s Autumn Conference, this year with the motto “Victims’ Rights: time to act”, is taking place today at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the European Union in Brussels.
João Lázaro, President of APAV and of VSE, delivered the welcome speech emphasizing not only the importance of holding moments of debate as the one’s that will be held throughout the day, but also the great honor of hosting the Conference at the Portuguese Permanent Representation to the EU (REPER).
The opening session was honoured with the presence of Ambassador Nuno Brito, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the EU and of Mervi Sarimo, Advisor to the Finnish Ministry of Justice, country that now holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.
The Conference will also count with distinguished speakers such as Christian D’Cunha, Head of Private Office at the European Data Protection Supervisor, Katarzyna Janicka-Pawlowsca, Head of the Victims’ Rights policy team at the DG Justice, Joanna Goodey, Head of Department at the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) and Antony Pemberton, Professor of Restorative Justice at KU Leuven (Belgium) and Professor of Victimology at the Tilburg University (The Netherlands).
The day will end with a Fundraising Gala at the Autoworld, a Museum of vintage cars located at the Parc du Cinquantenaire.
Please see here the complete Programme of the Conference.