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Violence against women tops list of police crimes

TT/The Local · 7 Oct 2009, 07:55

Published: 07 Oct 2009 07:55 GMT+02:00

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Almost a third of all indictments faced by officers between 1998 and 2008 related to the alleged assault of wives, ex-girlfriends or former partners, according to a review carried out by newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

In all, 48 cases dealt with either assault or the related crime of gross violation of a woman's integrity (grov kvinnofridskränkning). The majority of cases in recent years have led to convictions.

"We are the first to admit that this is a difficult situation. We must not hide the issue," said Liljemor Melin-Sving, deputy chairperson of the Swedish Police Union, to the newspaper.

In the ten year period covered by the review, 30 police officers have been charged with common assault - the second most common indictment for off duty police officers - followed by drunk driving in third place, shoplifting or theft in fourth and child pornography in fifth place.

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Among the population at large, traffic offences accounted for the largest number of indictments from 1998 to 2008. This was followed by shoplifting or theft, and possession of narcotics for personal use. Assault cases in which men were the victims came in ninth on the list, while assault cases in which women were the victims constituted the 13th most common crime.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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09:08 October 7, 2009 by hjoian
having read this story,it will be no surprise to see the downward spiral of life in Sweden. The fact that woman are responsible for more assault cases than men is quite frankly astounding,so do you beat your men and let your children abuse other kids. Are Swedish men really so "soft"??

As for the police criminals themselves,well,if this is the kind of people who are policing the country,its no wonder that sexual predators get released on bail,and there is no real punishment...probably because they all want to watch child porn together! Its the kind of statistics that most goverments would be ashamed to be made public....but now its out in the open,its up to the Swedish people to force change.
10:15 October 7, 2009 by peropaco
Most police are under a lot of stress; stress from going after minor traffic offenders, high school kids for not paying their bus fares or bursting up a fight between two rummies. Then they go home and get their azs kicked by their spouses. How nice...
10:31 October 7, 2009 by Herr Emil
hjoian - Us Swedish men are not particularly soft or hard, this story says nothing about the gender of the offenders and you imply that it is up to the police to decide how long paedophiles get to serve time, which is not true at all.

As for your question "do you beat your men and let your children abuse other kids", most of us don't, but a few do, just like in any other country.
11:04 October 7, 2009 by Rick Methven

You do not seem able to either read or understand English

"Almost a third of all indictments faced by officers between 1998 and 2008 related to the alleged assault of wives, ex-girlfriends or former partners"

The study says that MALE Police officers where responsible for assualt on women.

"48 cases dealt with either assault or the related crime of gross violation of a WOMANS's integrity (gvov kvinnofridskränkning)."

less than 5 a year. I winder how that compares to other countries?
11:18 October 7, 2009 by DamnImmigrant
Why can't TheLocal give more information? Your news stories are lacking information and in so doing, they become sensationalized and lack any real value.

Fact number 1. Woman are responsible for more domestic assault cases than men and yet I see the statement in this news article referring to police officers that "the alleged assault of wives, ex-girlfriends or former partners". This could mean a couple of different things:

1. There were NO female police officer in the last 10 years


2. That ALL female police officers are lesbians and so have NO husbands or


3. That Swedish society does not take Female on Male violence very seriously, that the ONLY violence that counts and therefore should be reported is Male on Female


4. That Female on Male violence is underreported because no MAN wants to admit he got whooped by a female!


Does the police and the prosecutor's office just ignore domestic violence caused by female police officers because, well, it just is not possible, and we will get laughed out of court?

Your article states "assault or the related crime of gross violation of a woman's integrity". Is there no "related crime of gross violation of a MANS's integrity"?

Violence is violence and it should not be skewed so that one sex looks more guilty than the other!

Fact number 2: In the 10 years that this article talked about, you state that 48 police officers ... 48 out of HOW MANY? 48 out of 50 and we have a catastrophic epidemic! 48 out of 1,000,000 and we have a well below average for violence!

These numbers are important! What would be really cool is if you were to break down in percentages the percent of officers rate of crime vs the percent of the rate of crime for the general population.
11:32 October 7, 2009 by sherkovic
Swedes are european Talibans... champions of women rights in the world....way to go!
13:11 October 7, 2009 by hjoian
@RICKMETHAN if you care to read the whole story above ,you will notice that it stated that male police officers were responsible for assault on females,be it wife/sambo,whatever. It goes on to say "in general"men were victims of assult more than woman,as pointed out,no,it does not state which gender has been responsible for the assault,and i confess,after having witnessed several men being "abused"by their female partners,it would not have surprised me if this was the case.

Herr Emil....no offence to swedish men implied.i dont agree with any kind of violence as an answer to solving problems, call it a culteral difference thing. It seems i have jumped to a conclusion without knowing all the facts...so if i have offended anybody..apologies.
13:36 October 7, 2009 by Lyyli
How on earth did an article on police(mens) violence against their spouses turn into a debate on how violent Swedish women are?! Statistic facts on domestic violence "among the general public" states that a woman is killed by her man/ex every 10 days in Sweden (keep track on the news for a while and the murdered girlfriends that keep turning up around the country will confirm the statistics). Surely that is enough to show that men usually are the perpetrator. According to Brottsförebyggande rådet 28 315 cases of violence against women over 15 yrs. were reported year 2008 - do the maths, it's quite a few women a day being vicitmised. With stats like that on violence against women, it's obvious that the Swedish womens rights are nowhere near where they should be and it says something about the view on women. I can safely say that men also were responsible for the majority of assaults mentioned in the article where men were the victims. Women do commit violent acts too, I don't deny that - just not to the extent that men do and usually not with the lethal/long term consequences as mens violence has on their victims. And one more thing - I think it is seriously disturbing that almost 5 police officers a year are busted for beating their partner, no matter what gender.
15:19 October 7, 2009 by Rick Methven

I think you should get some lessons in English before you start commenting on articles in an English language site.

There is absolutely NO correlation between this article and Swedish women beating their men. All it says 'In General' is that attacks on men come ninth and attacks on women come 13th. There is no evidence that the attacks on men where by women or that the attacks on women where by men. Statistics will show that show that the majority of attacks both on men and upon women are perpetrated by men.

I get pi**ed off with people like you, with a one-track mind ,who insist on detracting from reasonable comment by turning any and every discussion into the subject that you want to pontificate on.

If you want to discus the subjects that are top of the agenda in your pea brain then either find a site with a forum on that subject or start your own forum
16:49 October 7, 2009 by DAVID T
I don't want to say I agree with violence towards women as i certainly don't or any violence for that matter. However I've known women in Sweden that really try and wind their ex-husbands, boyfreinds etc up to the point that they seem to want a reaction so they can then go running to the authorities and claim domestic abuse.
19:18 October 7, 2009 by Torvig
All of this violence could easily have been prevented.

The women should simply and eagerly do as they are expected or told.
20:42 October 7, 2009 by zircon
...I'm a battered man.. (My ex wife is Sw, Sw, Swedish..)Just a private joke.
12:23 October 8, 2009 by trinaican
haha zircon...made me laugh
12:46 October 8, 2009 by HowSwedeitis
There are currently 19,122 active police officers. The number of those retired in the last 11 years adds tremendously to the total. 25% of police officers are women. So... 48 cases is an incredibly small percentage. Now, it is of course a problem that must be dealt with; which is what Liljemor Melin-Sving stated in this very article.

"sherkovic," your comment makes no sense.

"DAVID T," your comment is spot on.
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