The Publication:"Recommendations for the Prevention of Interpersonal and Domestic Violence. Recognize, Protect and Act. How to Guide and Lead Local and Regional Activities in Social and Health Care Services" provides a wide array of guidelines and recommendations in the prevention of interpersonal and domestic violence. The recommendations aim at supporting and promoting local and regional work for the prevention of interpersonal and domestic violence, and reducing the problems caused by it.
The recommendations stress the importance of strategic planning. Combating violence should be based on action plans.The aim is to coordinate and model the action plans in order to improve the professional skills of the staff to intervene in instances of violence, as well as to increase research and development in this issue area.
The recommendations recognize that there is a need for appropriate service and care models for different groups of people suffering from violence, including forms that meet the needs of children and adolescents experiencing violence in families, of older people and of people with physical and mental disabilities suffering from violence. The perpetrators of violence should also receive help.
The recommendations emphasise that it is important to link civic activity in municipalities to the prevention of violence.
Municipal inspection boards will assess the implementation of these recommendations.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Finland to the questionnaire on violence against women, May 2009