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Stalking: "It starts with a message and ends up taking over your life"

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Similarly to the previous years, APAV dedicated the 18th of April to raise the awareness towards stalking, by remembering the campaign launched in 2015, “It starts with a message and ends up taking over your life”. The campaign was developed with FCB Lisboa’s sponsorship and aims at raising stalking victims’ awareness to seek support and information at APAV. The date was also celebrated through the promotion of a Workshop on Stalking, at APAV’s Training Centre in Lisbon, targeted to college students, professionals from the field of Social and Human Sciences and other professionals interested to acquire knowledge in the field.

APAV alerts for the apparent harmless nature of stalking and to the almost flattering manner in which stalking behaviours may occur. APAV aims to raise the awareness for the possibility of these behaviours becoming more intense and serious, even intimidating, frightening and dangerous to the victim. Stalking became a crime in Portugal in August 2015 as established under article 154 A of the Portuguese Penal Code. Only in 2015 APAV registered 445 cases of stalking, a notably higher number than the 341 cases registered in 2014.

Final Report | Project IVOR – Implementing victim-oriented reform of the criminal justice system in the European Union

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The Final Report of Project IVOR – Implementing victim-oriented reform of the criminal justice system in the European Union, co-financed by the European Commission under the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union, promoted by APAV and developed in partnership with the International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT, The Netherlands), University of Leuven (KU Leuven, Belgium) and Victim Support Europe is now available.

Project IVOR’s results contained in the Final Report provide for a preliminary analysis on the position of victims in the EU Member States, while also offering a rich and analytical overview of the recent developments on the victim assistance models, with particular focus on important issues such as the definition of victim, victim support, restorative justice, victims resident in another Member State, individual needs assessment and vulnerable groups, training and cooperation. One may also find a further understanding of the manner in which victim-oriented reform in the diverse EU countries may succeed, aligned with practical recommendations and measures to promote the transposal of the EU Directive.

In the long-term impact, we expect that the project brings a positive contribution for improving the availability of more accommodating, prepared and responsive victim assistance model that might, in practice, enhance victims’ lived experience when faced with the criminal justice system.

IVOR Report [PDF]

Victim Support Europe is recruiting a full-time Administrative and Finance Officer

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"Victim Support Europe (VSE) is recruiting a full-time Administrative and Finance Officer. VSE is the leading Europe-wide umbrella organisation for victims of crime. It is a dynamic organisation, going through an exciting period of expansion and development. It currently consists of 43 organisations from 26 countries including 22 Member States of the European Union plus Russia, Serbia, Switzerland and the USA.

VSE advocates on behalf of victims, to strengthen their safety and security rights and protection throughout Europe. The organisation aims to ensure that every victim in Europe is able to access information and support services in the aftermath of crime, regardless of where the victim lives or where the crime took place.

VSE is going through an exciting period of expansion with a number of new projects and policy opportunities. We are therefore recruiting a full time Administrative, Finance and Project Officer to strengthen our administration and project co-ordination capacity. The post will be based in our head office in Brussels."

Please find all details about the position and the recruitment process here.

António Guterres candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations

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António Guterres is a candidate for the position of Secretary-General of the United Nations. It is an honour for Portugal to count on his candidacy, officially presented in February of 2016. The long professional experience of Mr. Antonio Guterres, including work developed close to some of the most vulnerable groups, namely vulnerable to crime, such as refugees. This sensitivity is ever more important in a moment when the number of refugees and displaced people reaches particularly alarming numbers.

"Let’s Prevent!" - Game of Primary Prevention of Sexual Abuse for Children

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On the 28th of April took place the public presentation of the game - “Vamos Prevenir! As Aventuras do Búzio e da Coral” (in English, “Let’s Prevent! The Adventures of the Whelk and the Coral). This is a game of Primary Prevention of Sexual Abuse for Children between the ages of 6 and 10 years old, authored by the psychologists Rute Agulhas, Nicole Figueiredo and Joana Alexandres, reserachers at the ISCTE University.

The game, pioneer in Portugal, is recommended by several partners such as the Centre for Judiciary Studies (CEJ), the National Commission for the Protection of Children and Youngsters at Risk (CNCJR) and APAV. It also counts with the support of Alentejo Foundion, the School of the Alentejo Foundation and the “O Século” Foundation.

The presentation took place in Lisbon, at the Thalia Theatre, with about four hundred participants. Besides the authors, the session counted with the participation of Odete Severino (CNCJ), Paulo Guerra (CEJ), José Félix Duque (APAV) and Rita Jerónimo (ISCTE).

APAV’s representative, José Félix Duque, thanked the authors for the partnership invitation and stressed out the importance of the use of scientific instruments in the prevention of sexual abuse. José also noted APAV’s work on the support to children victims of sexual violence, with highlight to Project CORE, co-financed by the European Commission in 2002 and the recent establishment of the CARE Network, with the support of the Gulbenkian Foundation. It is also important to point out that part of the games’ sale profits reverts to APAV.