The project has partner violence as its main focus, but will also elaborate on other forms of violence in close relations/domestic violence that may have a specific meaning in a Sami context. Our starting point is a wide approach to “violence”, including physical, psychological and sexual violence.
The project has two thematic aims:
- To highlight societal, historical and cultural conditions (external and internal) that may have an impact on the exposure to violence in close relations in Sami communities.
- To study how violence in close relations is dealt with in the Sami communities, how preventive measures and the support to victims is organised, outline possible new measures that could be developed in the field, as well as how the existing help apparatus could be strengthened.
The project is qualitative and explorative. It consists of two parts: 1) an overview of research on violence in Sami communities and related fields of research; 2) an analysis of focus groups with employees in the help- and legal apparatus working with violence issues in four different regions of the Sami community in Norway.