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'Men need to change' to end violence against women: Swedish Justice Minister

Sweden's Justice Minister Morgan Johansson spoke after a documentary about Josefin Nilsson, right, put the spotlight on domestic violence. Photo: Karl Melander/Fredrik Persson/TT

Published: 26.Mar.2019 08:06 hrs

A new documentary about a Swedish artist who was assaulted by her partner, a well-known Swedish actor, has stirred debate about violence against women in the Nordic country.

The number of women who have reported being assaulted by a partner has decreased since 2015, when the Swedish government vowed to implement a national strategy against domestic violence.

In 2017 just below 10,000 cases were reported to the police. But when national number crunchers Statistics Sweden in 2014 carried out a survey on behalf of the National Centre for Knowledge on Men's Violence Against Women, based at Uppsala University, a total of 14 percent of Swedish women (almost half a million) said they had been exposed to violence or the threat of violence in a relationship.

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