Åsa Lindhagen has changed areas of responsibility. From 5 February 2021 she is the Minister for Financial Markets and Consumer Affairs. 

Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation.

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Press release from Ministry of Employment

Government intensifies efforts against men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression

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Preventing and combating men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression is a highly prioritised issue for the Government. By adopting decision on the appropriation directions for 2021, the Government has allocated SEK 240 million to efforts combating violence and given several government agencies assignments in this area. Several assignments will focus on stopping honour-related violence and oppression. An additional SEK 130 million has also been allocated to the county administrative boards and municipalities to support efforts to combat violence. Several anti-violence initiatives are expected in 2021, with additional funds earmarked for this purpose.

Efforts to combat men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression must be implemented across all segments of society. For this reason, the Government decided ahead of 2021 to issue assignments to several government agencies – some of which will now have a more active role in this work. Several of the assignments will focus on stopping honour-related violence and oppression, including child and forced marriages, and genital mutilation.

  • The National Agency for Education will be allocated SEK 11 million to strengthen systematic efforts to combat honour-related violence and oppression within the school system.
  • The National Board of Institutional Care will be allocated SEK 3 million to develop and disseminate internal knowledge about honour-related violence and oppression, violence-prevention work with boys, young men and young people’s partner relationships, including knowledge about destructive masculinity norms.
  • The National Board of Health and Welfare will be allocated SEK 20 million to continue to support development of work within health care and social services concerning men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression.
  •  A portion of the funds allocated to the National Board of Health and Welfare will pay for operation of the Choose to Stop (Välj att sluta) telephone helpline for people seeking to alter violent behaviour in a close relationship. The helpline is important for preventative efforts and has already proven to serve a beneficial function.
  • The Swedish Social Insurance Agency, the Swedish Public Employment Service and the Swedish Migration Agency will continue their efforts to better identify people at risk of violence in close relationships and honour-related violence and oppression among those whom they encounter in their activities. Together with the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare and the Swedish Gender Equality Agency, these government agencies will be allocated SEK 10 million.

It is important to the Government that violence-prevention efforts and support for people at risk of violence are a long-term undertaking. As announced earlier, the Swedish Expert Team established at the Östergötland County Administrative Board to prevent and counteract honour-related violence and oppression will be made permanent as a national centre of expertise. The Östergötland County Administrative Board will be allocated SEK 30 million for the assignment of preparing the establishment of the centre of expertise. The centre of expertise will have a supporting role for many government agencies in their assignments concerning honour-related violence and oppression.

Work on the development of resource centres to counteract honour-related violence and oppression will continue and, for this purpose, SEK 10 million will be allocated to the county administrative boards in 2021. The county administrative boards have long been tasked with combating men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression. As announced earlier, they will therefore be allocated SEK 100 million per year, starting in 2021. Municipalities will be allocated SEK 30 million for 2021 to improve relapse prevention measures targeted at perpetrators of violence. This is also a permanent initiative expected to increase to SEK 60 million per year starting in 2022.

Knowledge-enhancing measures are an important part of the efforts to combat men’s violence against women. Some examples of training grants on which the Government decided ahead of 2021:

  • The Swedish Gender Equality Agency will be allocated SEK 5 million to continue to offer training initiatives and knowledge support concerning men’s violence against women and honour-related violence and oppression for teachers and those responsible for education at higher education institutions. Others involved in this initiative are the Swedish Expert Team at the Östergötland County Administrative Board, the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence Against Women and the national knowledge centre Barnafrid, based at Linköping University.
  • Barnafrid will be allocated SEK 2 million for a renewed assignment to conduct education initiatives for Barnahus activities concerning honour-related violence and oppression in its various forms of expression, such as child and forced marriages, and genital mutilation.
  • The Swedish Agency for Youth and Civil Society will be allocated SEK 4 million for information campaigns concerning honour-related violence and oppression, health and gender equality, prostitution and trafficking in human beings. The information will be directed to professionals and other adults who, in their work or involvement in non-profit organisations, encounter young, newly arrived immigrants and young asylum seekers.

The national telephone helpline for women exposed to violence, Kvinnofridslinjen, has seen an increased number of calls during the past year. The National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence Against Women (NCK) based at Uppsala University, which operates the telephone helpline, will be allocated SEK 10 million to continue efforts to strengthen and develop work with the helpline.

The Government continues to support civil society’s efforts to combat men’s violence against women:

  • The National Board of Health and Welfare will be allocated SEK 100 million to distribute as government grants to local women’s and girls’ shelters, with over SEK 23 million going to national organisations that combat violence against women and children, and SEK 2 million to LGBTI people who are victims of crime for violence in close relationships, including honour-related violence and oppression.

 

Press contact

Frida Färlin
Acting Press Secretary to the Minister for Gender Equality, with responsibility for anti-discrimination and anti-segregation, Åsa Lindhagen
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00