Country Finland
Year 2010 - 2015
Type of Measure Policies > National action plan specific to violence against women
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence, Sexual harassment, Sexual violence, Trafficking, Violence against women and girls

Brief Description


The aims of the Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women (2010-2015) are as follows:

  • to tackle violence proactively by seeking to influence attitudes and behaviours;
  • to prevent repeated violence;
  • to improve the position of victims of sexual violence and the crisis intervention and support services they are offered;
  • to develop methods for identifying and intervening in the violence experienced by vulnerable groups; and
  • o enhance the knowledge and skills of the authorities and professional service providers in preventing violence against women and in helping victims.

The main focus of the Action Plan is on preventing repeated violence among intimate partners, on reducing sexual violence and on protecting vulnerable women.  Specific issues addressed under the first theme of repeated violence include problems involved in divorce situations and the prevention of related violence, and the referral of violent offenders to rehabilitation programmes.

Full Text

Action Plan to Reduce Violence against Women

Source of Information

Ministry of Social Affairs and Health