Long-term initiatives in the Government’s policy response to intimate partner violence (IPV)
In the Budget Bill for 2021, the Government proposes that the county administrative boards’ regional work to combat men’s violence against women, honour-based violence and oppression, prostitution, and trafficking in human beings continue on a permanent basis. The Government also proposes reinforcements to the municipalities for measures to prevent IPV reoffending. The Government’s proposals are based on an agreement between the government parties, the Centre Party and the Liberal Party.
In the Government’s view, it is important that violence prevention and support to victims are long-term. For this reason, the Government wants to provide better and more stable conditions for the county administrative boards’ gender equality efforts at regional level, focusing on preventing and combating men’s violence against women, IPV, honour-based violence and oppression, prostitution and trafficking in human beings. It is therefore proposed that the long-term task of the county administrative boards in this area continue on a permanent basis. This investment is worth SEK 100 million per year.
Outside of the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, responsibility for relapse prevention for perpetrators of violence is unclear and, in many parts of the country, work has been insufficient despite high rates of IPV relapse. It is essential to protect victims of IVP from recurrence of violence, and that action to achieve this is taken throughout the country. The Government therefore intends to increase general government grants to municipalities by SEK 30 million in 2021 and by SEK 60 million per year from 2022. Measures to prevent IPV reoffending may include, for example, behavioural interventions for perpetrators of IPV.