OUR 7 FUNDAMENTAL WORKING AREAS

Avt provides integral and targeted support services to victims of terrorism and their families making sure they receive appropriate information, support and protection and are able to participate adequately in criminal proceedings.

As an active member of civil society AVT participates in the promotion of policies related to its claims: Memory, Educational Programmes, Research and requests to international organisations.

1. PSICHOLOGICAL SUPPORT.
This Department is formed by a team of seven specialised psychologists and social workers. The team provides support from the immediate assistance following a terrorist attack, to practical assistance and longer-term psychological assistance. Research shows that providing support at an early stage after a person has suffered an attack will considerably reduce the medium and long-term consequences for the individual and for society as a whole. The AVT Department of psychosocial work has participated in a project together with Universidad Complutense with outstanding results testing, in victims of terrorist attacks, the effectiveness and efficacy of cognitive-behavioral therapy for PTSD and anxiety and depressive disorders.

2. LEGAL ADVICE & LEGAL REPRESENTATON
The legal team of the AVT is made up of three highly qualified lawyers. Their task is to ensure that victims have access to qualified legal aid and are able to participate in criminal proceedings adequately accompanied by their legal representative. AVT also collaborates with national judicial authorities to eliminate impunity spaces for the terrorists. AVT files complaints against all actions of apology and glorification of terrorism and works in the pursuit of the political, social and economic sustain of the terrorist groups. AVT has been present in more than 100 judicial processes.

3. LEISURE ACTIVITES
AVT organises leisure activities as an instrument for victims' psychological recovery. Through group leisure activities victims access social support and distraction and also regain feelings of being in control of their lives. They have opportunities for cultivating new friendship and sharing their feelings and experiences with others that helps in the healing and moving on in their lives.

4. MEMORY
AVT preserves the Memory of the victims of terrorism by compiling testimonies of victims, promoting the construction of memorials and organising sports events related to the 11th March European Day of Remembrance of Victims of Terrorism. Memorials help us preserve the memory of those unjustly assassinated, honour the victims and help to heal the wounds of those grieving.

5. PROGRAMMES FOR SCHOOLS AND UNIVERSITIES
Many years ago AVT decided to initiate a committed work with young people at schools and universities in the belief that for the sustain of a democratic society young people must be engaged and committed to democratic values and the public good. AVT programmes approach terrorism as the violent and totalitarian imposition of an ideological, political or religious objective and principal enemy of democratic societies. Victims of terrorism participate in the programmes with their testimonies. Through their stories, the stories of people who channelled grief into healing and civic engagement, young people find it easier to engage and reject radical ideologies which may lead to many forms of violence.
In relation to these programmes AVT draws attention to the need for victims of terrorism to play an active role. To highlight the horror that lies behind every attack it is crucial to strengthen the role of the victims of terrorism.

6. RESEARCH
AVT promotes research, conferences and seminars in legal, medical, social and psychological matters on terrorism and their victims. AVT is committed to the diffusion of the “best practises” accumulated by Spanish victims of terrorism and institutions to the European Union and its member States and worldwide.

7. INTERNATIONALLY
Internationally AVT is committed to campaign in favour of the promotion and protection the rights of victims of terrorism worldwide.
AVT is member of the International Federation of Associations of Victims of Terrorism and participates in RAN Victims meetings since its inception.

1. In the bosom of United Nations AVT demands the recognition for the status of the victim of terrorism and to push member states to approve an International Statute for the Victims of Terrorism.

2. We argue for the recognition of the crime of terrorism as an International Crime coming under the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court. At the present time terrorism does not have this status due to the absence of a specific definition of it. However the possibility of such a consideration was foreseen at the Conference of Rome, where the Court was established in 1998.

3. In the framework of the European Union AVT claims for the approval of a specific European Directive for Victims of Terrorism.

Asociación Víctimas del Terrorismo - Camino Vinateros, 51 - 28030 Madrid - Tel. 91 594 07 99