Government creates working group to reinforce response and support to crime victims

Ministry of Justice emphasizes that it is necessary to “adopt an integrated approach to the protection of victims of violence, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable”

The Government has created a working group that aims to reinforce a “transversal response and multidisciplinary support to victims of crimes” and which will be responsible for creating a national strategy, the Ministry of Justice announced yesterday.

In a statement sent to the Lusa agency, the Ministry of Justice stressed that it is necessary to “adopt an integrated approach to the protection of victims of violence, safeguarding the rights of the most vulnerable”.

The guardianship found that “the needs of victims of crime in Portugal do not end with responding to the phenomena of gender violence and domestic violence, and that violence against the elderly and children cannot be reduced to violence in a family or domestic context”.

“It became clear after the release of the Final Report of the Independent Commission for the Study of Sexual Abuse of Children in the Portuguese Catholic Church, that this is a transversal phenomenon”, he stressed.

It will be up to this working group to present to the Government, within a period of six months, a proposal for a National Strategy for the Protection of Victims of Crime, “consubstantiated in as many axes as the violent criminal phenomena that require strategic national intervention”, says the Ministry of Justice. Justice in the statement.

The working group should also present “an action plan for each axis for the period between 2024 and 2028” and “a model of global governance and by axis, which ensures integrated planning, capable of bringing together synergies between public and sector initiatives. private sector and optimizing public expenditure”.

And it can also “request collaboration or consult with other elements, such as experts, specialists or institutions, for development”.

The order authorizing the creation of a working group, composed of representatives from the various areas of government, the Attorney General's Office, the Commission for the Protection of Victims of Crime, non-governmental organizations that support crime victims and members of the Academy , was published today in Diário da República.

Among the governmental areas involved are Internal Administration, Justice, Finance, Parliamentary Affairs, Science, Technology and Higher Education, Education, Work, Solidarity and Social Security and Health, the Ministry of Justice also highlights in the press release.

The first meeting of the working group is scheduled for the second week of April, he added.