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Stockholm in women's refuge guarantee

Stockholm in women's refuge guarantee

Published: 28 Apr 2012 11:02 GMT+02:00
Updated: 28 Apr 2012 11:02 GMT+02:00

Stockholm city council has announced that all women in need of a secure refuge will be guaranteed a place.

The guarantee is part of a series of measures adopted by the council last week aimed at increasing the safety of women in the Swedish capital.

"I am passionate about making our work even better and so we have adopted further measures addressing the safety of women," said Anna König Jerlmyr, head the municipality's social welfare and labour division, in a statement.

"The City of Stockholm is to introduce a women's refuge guarantee. All who are in need of shelter are guaranteed a place," the Moderate Party councillor said.

König Jerlmyr pointed out that five out of every six victims of domestic violence are women and underlined the importance of offering protection for women who elect to flee abuse in the home.

"It is a life-changing decision to leave a man who abuses, there should thus not be any doubt that they is a place for them," she added.

According to statistics from Sweden's National Council on Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet), 27,312 reports of violence against women were reported in 2010.

In 85 percent of these cases, the suspect was a man, and in 75 percent of the cases, he was acquainted with the woman.

In previous studies, the council has come to the conclusion that the vast majority of cases go unreported, with as few as one fifth being reported to the police.

TT/The Local/pvs (news@thelocal.se)

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16:57 April 28, 2012 by Youdee
Excellent.

Now I'd like to see an article that reports that "All who are in need of long-term counseling / rehab / whatever-it-takes are guaranteed a place in a program that requires mandatory participation." The problem won't stop until perpetrators stop comitting the crime and potential perpetrators are identified early. In the latter case, tools like yoga and mindfulness training (as a natural part of schools' daily health and fitness programs) MIGHT help somewhat.
20:20 April 28, 2012 by johan rebel
instead of hiding the vicitms for their own protection, the perpetrators should be locked up or deported.
08:55 April 29, 2012 by RobinHood
Why is this guarantee limited to women? Fifteen percent of the victims are men. Are the male victims, in some way, less important than women in the eyes of Stockholm City Council?
11:33 April 29, 2012 by scubadoc
yes robinhood, in sweden women rule, men are always at a disadvantage. Extreme feminism is part of the culture. Question their truths and you are at best a troll. The rape laws are insane as are many other laws. Men are always considered the problem, but aggression can take many forms and in most bad relationships. both are aggressive. Interestingly, in lesbian relationships there is also physical violence
21:06 April 29, 2012 by cogito
If only this were true.There are far too many battered women in Sweden.

But more likely it will be as much a farce as the healthcare (vård) guarantee.
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