Country Finland
Year 2017
Type of Measure Health > Protocols and guidelines
Form of Violence Sexual violence

Brief Description


In May 2017, a rape crisis centre as stipulated by the Istanbul Convention was established at the Helsinki University hospital (HUS). A national model guideline according to the HUS crisis centre was published in 2018. A national guideline for helping victims of sexual violence was published in the spring of 2016 and district hospitals have received directions on creating a local treatment chain for helping victims of rape and other forms of sexual abuse. The treatment chain is aimed at creating a seamless continuum of care for rape victims, as well as generating more consistent and uniform nationwide services. The care path includes the examination of the rape victim, as well as the provision of both physical and mental health and support services. Furthermore, victims are supported to access legal aid. All 20 hospital districts have been informed on the guidelines and have been provided training for the launch of local treatment chains. The Government of Finland is aiming to have a similar crisis centre in each of the five university hospitals until 2020. 

Source of Information

Finland's submission for National Review for Implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action, Beijing+25, 2019, p.29.

For more information: National Model Guideline according to the HUS Crisis Centre