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Domestic Violence – PSP Create New Awareness Initiative

From today, the 14th of February until the 25th of February, the Public Security Police (PSP), will be holding several new Domestic and Dating Violence awareness initiatives, titled ‘In Dating There Is No War!’ at several schools across the region.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the initiative said:

“Domestic violence among young people acquires the characteristics of adults who experience physical, psychological and/or emotional, social and sexual aggression. Dating violence among young people is not clearly or unanimously perceived by them as reprehensible behaviour, and many sometimes interpret violence as a way of demonstrating increased interest from their partner.”

With this in mind, the PSP will carry out the following several awareness campaigns targeting young people from the regions junior and secondary schools.

The schedule is as follows:-

February 14 / 5:00 pm – EBS – Bishop D-Manuel F. Cabral – Santana

February 17 / 12:30 pm – 2nd 3rd Cycle and Secondary School – Ribeira Brava

February 17 / 1:30 pm – 2nd 3rd Cycle and Secondary School – Ribeira Brava

February 23 / 10:45 am – PM School- Porto Moniz

February 25 3pm-6pm – Francisco Franco School – Funchal

Working in conjunction with the National Strategy for Equality and Non-discrimination – Portugal + Equal (ENIND), which is supported by three action plans on non-discrimination: Action Plan for Equality between Women and Men (PAIMH) ; Action Plan to prevent and combat violence against women and domestic violence (PAVMVD) and Action Plan to combat discrimination on grounds of sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, and sexual characteristics (PAOIEC), the PSP urge that if anyone is aware of someone being abused, or subjected to abuse themselves to report the incident to their local police station.

Samantha Gannon

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