Nordic Countries Overview of Work with Perpetrators of Intimate Partner Violence

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The aim of the Nu Räcker Det was to map out the models used in the Nordic countries to help the perpetrators of IPV to end violence. The project questionnaire was filled in by the service providers. The number of invited programmes was 68, and the response rate was around 80%. Results indicate that still some services are not free of charge and are not equally distributed geographically. In terms of safety, although most programmes contact the (ex-) partner at the beginning of the treatment, still half of the programmes do not contact the (ex-) partner during the treatment or at the end of it, moreover nearly half of the programmes do not use any risk assessment instrument. Outcome is measured by most of the programmes however partner and official reports should also be included. Finally, those results are compared and discussed in light of the European context.




Gender-related violence is a major problem in the Nordic countries. As a response, the Nordic co-operation programme on gender equality 2015–2018 has adopted work against violence as its focus area. The ultimate goal for preventing gendered violence is to stop it from happening in the first place. An integral part of domestic (DV) and intimate partner violence (IPV) prevention is reducing its occurrence by promoting nonviolent behavior and healthy relationships.


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