APAV reached almost 4,700 children in the last 5 years

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 30-08-2018 10:13:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese Association for Victim Support has reached in the last five years 4,687 children and youths, victims of 8,035 crimes, registering a rise in support requests for sexual crimes against children and youths, in 2016 and 2017.

In the report “Statistic: Children and Youths Victims of Crime and Violence 2013-2017”, APAV states it reached almost 4,700 people, between 2013 and 2017, when 1,268 crimes were accounted for.
Of all the support requests made to the association, in 2,850 of cases the victim was a son/daughter of the perpetrator. In 234 cases it was a classmate, in 120 it was an acquaintance and in 105 it was a grandchild. And 74 percent of the acts of violence were in a domestic context, predominantly psychological and physical violence.
APAV also added that it registered a 30 percent to 60 percent increase, between 2016 and 2017, of crimes of a sexual nature against children and youths.

However, there was a decrease in occurrences in children aged 10 or less in 2016 and 2017, as opposed to the increase of support requests for children between the ages of 11 and 17.


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