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APAV expresses concern with Portuguese families in the UK

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APAV expresses its deep concern at the cases made public recently, referring to Portuguese families in the UK. Recent reports on the removal of children from parents of Portuguese origin (and other nationalities) took APAV to establish contacts with similar organizations in order to express its concern, as well as more information about the practices relating to social services United Kingdom.

Awareness raising towards Cybercrime

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Portuguese live in the social networks. Literally. They spend 20 minutes per day online and share all kinds of information and data on their professional and personal life, often without realising it.

This happens not only in Portugal and one might say that is a phenomenon with a worldwide dimension. Each minute the 1,5 billion active users of Facebook post more than 510 thousand comments, 136 thousand photographs and alter more than 293 thousand profiles. The 1,3 billion Twitter users post more than 500 million tweets per day.

This overwhelming sharing leads out for many persons to fall victims of several types of cybercrime: phishing, stalking, cyberbullying, amongst others.

In order to raise the awareness to this dangerous phenomenon, APAV carried out several activities during these last few months, of which the highlight goes to the “Unexpected Biography” written by the nominated Portuguese writer, João Tordo, and to the celebration of the Stalking Awareness Day, last April 18th.

The João Tordo’s “Unexpected Biography” results from the writer’s acceptance of APAV’s invitation to write a person’s biography based only upon the data posted on the Social Networks. This “Unexpected Biography” was compiled in a book, which was publicly launched on the 15th of April 2015, at the Ler Devagar bookstore, located at the LX Factory in Lisbon.

New podcast "Voices" - Free Yourself Global campaign

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"The podcast "Voices" is the first production of Free Yourself Global, the first global and cross-cultural domestic violence campaign. This series brings together all of the voices of the participants of domestic violence, including recovering abusers, victims, children, educators, support agencies and health professionals, law enforcement agencies, policy-makers, celebrities and social entrepreneurs who work to aid in this cause. It is the aim that "Voices" encourages people to open up and share their stories so we can get the heart of what is it that will empower us, whatever our role in domestic violence to interrupt the cycle of violence that often perpetuates through families for generations."

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Infovictims: New Websites

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Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Infovictims.com websites, now with updated contents, new contexts and new languages available!

Visit and check out the updates on the Portuguese website and see how the criminal justice system works in Poland, Germany and Scotland. For more information, please see www.infovictims.de, www.infovictims.pl, www.infovictimscotland.co.uk.

The infovictims websites were developed under Project Infovictims I and II, promoted by APAV and with the financial support of the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union.

IV Journeys of the APAV Azores against violence

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On October 14th, APAV Azores promoted the “IV Journeys of the APAV Azores against violence” in the Culture City Centre of Ponta Delgada. With a panel of various experts, the event was dedicated to debate three main themes: "Cybercrime - The Online Identity Theft", "Victims of Crimes and Hate Speech" and "Sexual Violence against Children and Youth". The Journeys registered a total of 70 participants from the most diverse professional areas.