Our Chair

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Alfredo Esberard - Polícia Judiciária (Portuguese Criminal Police)
EUCPN Chair until 30 June 2021
Ministry of Justice / Ministry of Home Affairs

E-mail for EUCPN matters: EUCPN.Chair2021.PT@pj.pt
More information on the Portuguese Presidency of the Council of the European Union can be found here.

The Portuguese Presidency will be focusing on the prevention of Intimate Partner Homicide:

The problem of violence between intimate partners has raised concerns among governments and academia, worldwide. In fact, there are different approaches to the problem, nevertheless, considered of a multifactorial genesis, i.e., multiple variables are related to this pathological relationship. All stages of violence are unacceptable and governments should define strategies to prevent, protect, mitigate and punish. When such a dramatic event occurs, as a murder, we may conclude that state policies and society weren’t proficient enough to prevent this outcome. Criminal sanctions cannot be dismissed, even though they are admittedly insufficient and ineffective, but they must be the last resource. On the other hand, preventive measures increase society´s awareness and education to tackle intimate partner violence. The murder of intimate partners is the height of the violence, a clear disregard towards someone with whom one has, or has had, a particular emotional bond. While this definitive outcome does not occur, there is still the possibility of prevent it, helping potential victims and offenders. After the murder, we can only punish the offender and mourn the tragedy. Recognizing that a large part of the phenomenon remains hidden behind closed doors, there is a fair fear that the pandemic COVID-19 may have placed a blanket of silence on a reality that is still unknown. Each homicide, any act of violence is a failure of all the system. Therefore, the Portuguese presidency will focus on preventing intimate partner homicide.

 

Our Staff

Febe Liagre
Dorien Stevens
Stijn Aerts
Jorne Vanhee
Chadia Dehbi
Katrijn Hoedemakers
Glenn Asselman
Febe Liagre
Febe Liagre
strategy and policy officer
Dorien Stevens
Dorien Stevens
policy and practice officer
Stijn Aerts
Stijn Aerts
research officer
Jorne Vanhee
Jorne Vanhee
research officer
Chadia Dehbi
Chadia Dehbi
research officer
Katrijn Hoedemakers
Katrijn Hoedemakers
communication officer
Glenn Asselman
Glenn Asselman
administrative officer