During 2008 and 2009, the Swedish Government has instructed the Swedish Courts Administration to strengthen the competence of judges on violence against women. The measures aim at improving the treatment of victims by the Swedish court system.
The Swedish Courts Administration provides training concerning violence against women and gender-sensitivity. However, currently there is no specific training exclusively within these areas. These subjects are integrated in both the basic judge training programmes for judges and training for other persons (eg. law clerks) and part of specialised training such as conferences and seminars. Education on violence against women is i.a. included in training efforts concerning trafficking, sexual crime and law on private person matters (sw humanjuridik). In addition, courts carry out internal training on needs basis. In the abovementioned cases, the training is voluntary, however judges are rarely excluded from the basic training described above.
Source of Information
Response of the Government of Sweden to the questionnaire on violence against women, January 2009