Men's violence against women
Men's violence against women is a widespread problem in society affecting both women and men. Men's physical, sexual and psychological violence against women represents a serious obstacle to gender equality and women's full enjoyment of their human rights. Besides protecting and assisting those who have been subjected to violence, society must confront the underlying values and attitudes that fuel the use of violence. Sweden's commitments within the framework of UN and Council of Europe efforts are an important starting point for the Government's measures.
Measures to combat men's violence against women must be taken from a legal, social, economic and health perspective, and not least from a gender perspective. In cases where children are the victims of crime or are in other ways affected by violence, particular attention must be paid to their needs, rights and situation.
During the last electoral period, a major initiative was carried out involving measures across a very broad field. The parameters were set by three action plans:
- Action plan to combat men's violence against women, violence and oppression in the name of honour, and violence in same-sex relations (Govt. Communication 2007/08:39);
- Action plan against prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes (Govt. Communication 2007/08:167); and
- Action plan to prevent and hinder young people from marrying against their will (Govt. Communication 2009/10:229).
In the action plan to combat men's violence against women, violence and oppression in the name of honour, and violence in same-sex relations, six areas for action are identified forming the guidelines for future measures. These areas for action are:
- Increased protection and support to victims of violence;
- enhanced preventive work;
- higher standards and greater efficiency in the judicial system;
- better measures targeting violent offenders;
- increased cooperation and coordination; and
- enhance knowledge and competence.