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APAV mourns Barcelona’s victims

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Europe was once again hit by terror on 17th August. APAV mourns for Barcelona's victims and it is solidary with friends, relatives and communities affected by the incident.

Terrorist attacks like this one in Barcelona have a devastating effect in direct and indirect victims. It’s imperative that the ones affected by these attacks receive some support, to be able to develop strategies to deal with imediate and future consequences.

RAFAVH - APAV network of support for family members and friends of victims of homicide - is available to support any Portuguese which has been affected or had lived the attack, as well as his family and friends. 

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Portugal on the Higher Level of Anti-Trafficking Policies

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The United States Departament of State released the Trafficking In Persons Report (June 2017), which analyses the measures adopted by diferente governments to prevent and combat trafficking in human beings.

Following the past few years, Portugal obtained once again the higher classification - Trier 1 -, for having adopted all the necessary efforts to improve anti-trafficking policies.

The TIP report highligths that the Portuguese government demonstrated serious and sustained efforts by increasing the number of investigations, prosecutions, convictions, and victims identified, and also the legal ammendments to protect exploited workers and to extend criminal liability of recruitment agencies and temporary work agencies.

It also highlighted the importance of the involvement of NGOs in the fight against human trafficking and the efforts by the Government to maintain the three shelters to assist and protect victims of human trafficking that exist in Portugal – one of them is run by APAV and shelters woman victims of human trafficking and their children.

To learn more about human trafficking, please visit our website: No to Trafficking

Trafficking In Persons Report

II European Conference on Domestic Violence | Porto | 6-9 September 2017

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Following the success of the I European Conference on Domestic Violence, held in Belfast in 2015, the II European Conference on Domestic Violence will be held from 6th to 9th September 2017 at FPCEUP - Faculty of Psychology and Education Sciences of the University of Porto, in Porto, Portugal. The organization of this Conference is the result of a collaboration between FPCEUP, UMAR, and APAV.

The II European Conference on Domestic Violence will bring together researchers, academics, doctoral students, practitioners, and policy makers, and is designed to:

- Connect research and intervention within the field of domestic violence;
- Exchange knowledge, good practices and methodologies which best contribute to the protection of victims and to the eradication of domestic and gender violence
- Share scientific results which inform the construction of social and legal policies regarding domestic and gender violence
- Promote networking among professionals and experts in this field
- Develop research and practice networks, methods and tools on preventing and combatting domestic violence.

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APAV inaugurated the new Victim Support Office in Oeiras

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APAV inaugurated its new Victim Support Office in Oeiras on the September 8th. The ceremony was attended by the President of the APAV, João Lázaro, the Commander of the Metropolitan Command of Lisbon, Superintendente Jorge Maurício and the Mayor of Oeiras, Paulo Vistas.

The new Victim Support Office has the support of the Municipality of Oeiras and the Public Security Police (Divisão Policial de Oeiras COMETLIS) and is located in the PSP Oeiras Police Station, at Rua do Espargal nº 18, 2780-012 Oeiras.

APAV present in the VSE Annual Conference

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The Victim Support Europe Annual Conference 2017 took place in Dublin on the May 17th and 18th. The conference was focused on "Victims of Crime: Rights, Needs & Responses" and was co-hosted by Advocates for Victims of Homicide (AdVIC), Victims' Rights Alliance (VRA), Victims Support NI and Victim Support Europe.

At the welcome cocktail, which took place at the Oak Room of the Mansion House, the Lord Mayor of Dublin emphasized the importance of the work of the european victim support organizations. APAV participated in the Conference, promoting panels and workshops, and intervened in several parallel events.

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