Violence against women is more common than often believed. Each year approximately 33,000 women in Denmark become victims of domestic violence from their partners.[1] There is no single experience of violence; it can take many different forms, e.g. physical, sexual, emotional/psychological, financial or stalking.

Many women remain together with their violent partners. This situation can be due to:

  • guilt;
  • concern for the children;
  • financial insecurity;
  • feelings of shame towards family and friends;
  • fear of loneliness;
  • fear of the partner’s reactions and reprisals; 
  • lack of self-confidence;
  • cultural expectations
  • lack of social network.

Domestic violence is a crime like any other type of violence. It is possible for a woman who is threatened by a violent man to have a restraining order imposed by the police against him. There is also a new legislation on stalking enforced, which is supposed to help to protect victims of stalking. 

[1] LOKK: ”Partnervold” ( Lokaliseret 17-10-2016

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