Network of association providing legal Support
Law 112/2009 comprehends judicial support, as well as psychological support, and the creation of support offices (already mentioned in file 14). As to judicial support, law defies clearly the procedures that ought to be followed, such as: Listening to the victim, Decoding procedural information, Taking the crimes/s perpetrators to courts and police, Demanding civil claims for damage, Instruction on claims for compensation, under the legislation, Wording of the indictment, when it must be presented to prosecutors, as well as other necessary requirements to an adequate conduction of the process, Making verbal and written contacts with judicial magistrates and the prosecution system, Preparation of reports and support information to be presented in courts and other institutions, Personal attention of the court and use authorities police. Counselling aims at increase the victims' self-esteem, encouraging them to look ahead and see new alternatives in life.
Aims and objectives
This legal aid is designed to inform and advise victims on their rights and duties. This law has a high relevance, insofar as it deems the specificity of domestic violence as a crime, which allows an autonomous and adequate judicial treatment and a decree of immediate specific supporte measures.
Results and impact
Qualitative assessment - recognizing the right of access to specific, properly planned, free, legal support is considered very important for the victims. In some cases a complaint is never made for fear of their not having money to pay for the processes. As an example of the importance of these victim support offices, one can mention that CIG attended 870 cases.
Public and private associations
Nuts code: PT1