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Crime Victim in a Close Relationship

Crime in close relationships is when you are badly treated by a closely related party. Assault, threat, rape and molestation are the most common crimes in close relationships.

Assistance and support

If you are the victim of a crime in a close relationship, you can contact the police for support and assistance.

Seek the nearest police station or call 114 14. If it is an emergency or currently taking place, call 112. The police will write up a report, but can also answer questions or refer you to a relief organization.

The police usually conduct a risk analysis and where necessary can help you with various forms of protection, e.g., an attack alarm.

For more information about your rights and how the Police can help you, visit the Police website on domestic violence - Come to us.

Non-profit organizations with hotlines for crime victims are found in most districts in the country. You can locate them, for example, through Kvinnofridslinjen and the Victim Support Association.

Kvinnofridslinjen is a national helpline where everyone, even men, can call free of charge. The lines are manned around the clock and you can remain anonymous. Your call does not register on your telephone bill.

RFSL - the Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, has a crime victim hotline for LGBT persons.

Kvinnofridslinjen website

The Victim Support Association website

RFSL website

Children who experience violence in the home

If you are a child or adolescent and have been subjected to, or witnessed, violence in the home, you can call BRIS (Children's Rights in Society) for assistance and support.

BRIS website

Children who witness violence in the home are entitled to criminal injury compensation. It is therefore important that the police document the child's presence and what they have experienced.

Applications for criminal injury compensation are made to the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority.

The Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority website

Importance of reporting

By filing a police report, you have the possibility of stopping the violence or assault you are being subjected to. A report can also enable the offender to be prosecuted.

A police report is necessary in order for you to receive compensation from your insurance company and, in certain circumstances, from the Swedish Crime Victim Compensation and Support Authority.

To consider when filing a report

If you are injured, your injuries should be documented by a doctor, preferably with photographs. Also save any threats received on your answering machine, via e-mail or text messages. Consider also: who could have seen your injuries, if you have written anything in your diary, if there are earlier injuries documented through photographs, et cetera. This may be important evidence.

Support in the legal process

In most cases, you have to right to bring along a support person when visiting the police. You decide who is to be your support person. It can be a friend, an official from social services or someone from a victim or women's support organization. The support person does not receive compensation for their involvement.

You can also receive a counsel for an injured party, or 'legal representative'. If granted, this service is free of charge. The counsel for an injured party supports you throughout the entire legal process. If you wish to obtain counsel, relay this to the police or prosecutor.

Definition of the crime

Crime in close relationships is when you are badly treated by a closely related party, such as your husband/wife, common law spouse, relative, parent or other family member. Assault, unlawful threat, rape and molestation are the most common crimes in close relationships.
Honour-related crimes are committed within families where the motive is to maintain the family's honour. Honour-related crime is a collective term for several types of crime.

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