Almost 1,500 child victims of crime in 2019

in News · 17-04-2020 01:00:00 · 0 Comments

A total of 1,467 children were victims of crime in 2019, 532 more than in 2018, according to the annual report of the Portuguese Association for Victim Support (APAV).

The figures reveal that in 2019 an average of four victims per day arrived at APAV, representing 28 per week.
Of the total number of child victims of crime, 153 were between 0 and 3-years-old, 109 were between 4 and 5-years-old, 374 were between 6 and 10-years-old and 831 were between 11 and 17-years-old.
APAV statistics also reveal that among the crimes against children reported to the association are pornography of minors (699), sexual abuse of children under the age of 14 (305) and crimes of rape (187).
Regarding the profile of the victims, the APAV data shows that 61.9 percent are female with an average age of 11 years and that in 27.3 percent of the cases the perpetrator is a father or mother.
APAV annually discloses its statistical data based on a collection of the most accurate information and recorded 54,403 visits that allowed, in 2019, to monitor more than 11,000 victims.
This year APAV celebrates 30 years of existence, having provided support, since 1990, to more than 330,000 people.
In 2019, 54,403 calls were made to APAV’s proximity services, namely Victim Support, Support Lines (Victim Support Line and Safe Internet Line), Specialised Networks and Shelters.
APAV supported victims from 273 municipalities, of the 308 existing.


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