Violence & abuse

There are many different types of violence and you can be exposed to several types at the same time. You can be subjected to violence by different people, such as a partner, a friend, someone in your family or a stranger. Here we explain the different types of violence. 

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Violence and abuse can look different and sometimes it is not visible on the outside. It can therefore be difficult to know what counts as violence and whether you have been a victim. But often you get the feeling that something is not right, and you may feel uneasy.

It can be difficult to talk to others about what you have been exposed to. Often it feels shameful, and it's common to think it's your own fault. But no one should hurt you or make you feel bad - physically or mentally. For example, no one should hit you, call you bad names, force you to do anything or sexually abuse you.


For example, harassment can be comments, derogatory jokes, gestures or bullying. Being a victim of harassment can be very difficult and stressful. But there is help available.

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Discrimination occurs when one person or a group of people is treated worse than another in the same situation. The law on discrimination says that it is forbidden for someone to treat you badly or unfairly. 

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Violence can look different and sometimes it is not visible on the outside. The word violence can feel alien to many and may be difficult to talk about.

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Sexual violence

There are several types of sexual violence in society. What all types of sexual violence have in common is that someone or someone else crosses your boundaries.

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Hi, my daughter has told me that she has been sexually assaulted. We reported it to the police and her daughter had to be interviewed. We parents were not allowed to be involved and we were not given any information. Now we have received the letter that the police are closing the case because they have not found any evidence. How to proceed with this so my daughter for help?

If the case has been closed, you have the right to request a review of the closure decision, which is a request to have the decision changed. An appeal is made in writing and sent to the authority where the decision was taken.

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If my ex has threatened me on snap and I report it, do my parents have to go to the police?

You can choose to report the incident to the police on your own, but your parents will be informed of your report if you are under 18. If you are then called in for questioning, your parents do not need to accompany you. As a victim of crime, you usually have the right to have an advocate present during police questioning.

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