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Domestic Violence - the Finnish Experience

Monday, October 9, 2006

During her recent visit to Finland for an EU Ministers meeting Meg also wanted to talk with women working on areas relevant to her Ministerial portfolio. Her visit included a visit to a multi-cultural women's resource centre that also provide temporary accommodation for women from ethnic minorities who are fleeing domestic violence. Finland has a significant problem with domestic violence, much of it linked to excessive consumption of alcohol. There are measures in place to ensure that the problem is taken more seriously by the police and improved working with housing authorities to offer safe places to women and children. Finland also has a number of telephone help-lines offering support to men who voluntarily seek help for their violent behaviour.


Meg also met Tuija Brax MP, who chairs the Finnish Parliament's legal affairs committee to discuss their approach to human trafficking, prostitution and domestic violence. Finland has developed an action plan on human trafficking to ensure that they can tackle all aspects, from detection through to support for trafficked women. This problem is relatively new to Finland, but they are becoming aware that with growing trade routes to China and India they need to be aware of the possibilities of women and children being trafficked along these routes.


The photo shows Meg at the Women’s Resource Centre.

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