Construction and development of Kvinnofridslinjen
On the 4th of December 2007, the national helpline Kvinnofridslinjen (“Women’s Safety Line”) was launched by the Minister of Integration and Equal Opportunities, Nyamko Sabuni. The event was preceded by a year of extensive preparations at the National Centre for Knowledge on Men’s Violence Against Women (NCK), in Uppsala.
The need for a national helpline turned out to be vast. Already during the first month, an average of 100 incoming calls was registered per day, a number that since then has been constant. A total of 37,841 calls were registered during the first twelve months.
Helpline for a heterogeneous group
Women who are subjected to violence is a large and heterogeneous group encompassing women from all strata of society, at all ages. However, there are common experiences and understanding about what it means to be exposed to violence, the consequences and the needs that arise because of it. This knowledge is the basis for the development of Kvinnofridslinjen.
Above all, it is important to facilitate for the victim to seek help. Many women who are subjected to violence live with a partner who controls them. It may therefore be difficult to seek help, without running the risk of being subjected to further violence. Hence, efforts to help must be adapted to their life situations.
Kvinnofridslinjen is always open, so that women can call whenever they have the opportunity and whenever it is convenient to them, whether it is an emergency situation or if the call is the result of a decision that she has come to over time.
Many callers have expressed that they appreciate being able to call at the very moment when they have the possibility or when they have the energy to act.