The Intermunicipal Community (CIM) of the West decided on Thursday to provide a budget of 22,000 euros to fund the Intermunicipal Office for Victim Support (GIAV) for domestic violence in the region.
The first secretary of CIM Oeste, Paulo Simões, informed the Lusa agency that a budget of 22,000 euros has been approved to finance the project this year.
The official also said the goal is to expand the office to the 12 parishes in the region.
In 2019, GIAV’s response was hampered by a lack of funding after the end of support received under the Operational Program for Social Inclusion and Employment (POISE).
By May 2019, when support ended, GIAV was participating in an average of 62 cases per month and started processing fewer cases and having fewer technicians.
GIAV was founded in 2010 in Torres Vedras. Receiving victims from other municipalities in the region, in 2016 it began making decentralized visits to the municipalities of Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, Cadaval, Lourinhã, Nazaré, Óbidos, Peniche and Sobral de Monte Agraço.
Between 2016 and 2019, it supported 378 victims of domestic violence, more than half of whom corresponded to new cases.
Thanks to the GIAV, the number of victims of domestic violence in the region rose by 13.5%, which helped prevent fatalities from occurring.
The work resulted from the partnership between GIAV, local councils and social solidarity institutions in these municipalities, the General Directorate for Reintegration and Prison Services, the Commission for the Protection of Children and Young People, the Institute for Social Security, Employment and Vocational Training, the Public Ministry and the Grouping of West South Health Centers.
The West region includes the municipalities of Alcobaça, Bombarral, Caldas da Rainha, Nazaré, Óbidos, Peniche in the Leiria district as well as Alenquer, Arruda dos Vinhos, Cadaval, Lourinhã, Sobral de Monte Agraço and Torres Vedras in the district of Lisbon.