Topic: Violence and abuse

Violence prevention in Norway. Activities and measures to prevent violence in close relationships

Saur, R., Hustad, A. E., & Heir, T. (2011). Violence prevention in Norway. Activities and measures to prevent violence in close relationships. (Rapport 4/2011).

Domestic violence has received increased attention in Norwegian society in the last 30 years. A number of activities and programmes have emerged. The purpose of this project has been to collect, systematize and disseminate examples of violence prevention, with an emphasis on violence in close relationships.

The Norwegian Centre for Violence and Traumatic Stress Studies and the Norwegian National Crime Prevention Council have collaborated on the collection of information on violence prevention activities in Norway.

The result is a report that shows a comprehensive range of preventive initiatives. Most programmes are run by public authorities or by NGOs with government support. The activities have been categorized as teaching /knowledge dissemination, assistance /treatment/therapy, information strategies and research projects, with most measures seeming to be on teaching/ knowledge dissemination.

Violence prevention is a priority task for the government and the public sector in Norway. Few of the ongoing activities are evaluated, and the effectiveness of the projects is rarely documented.

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