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Domestic violence

More women convicted of physical abuse

Published torsdag 9 augusti 2012 kl 17.06
Tobias's ex-girlfriend was convicted of physically abusing him in April. Photo: Henrik Montgomery/Scanpix

The number of women convicted of physically abusing a partner or close relative has gone up dramatically. "I was kicked and hit for several by my ex-girlfriend," Tobias told TT news agency.

"It happened so many times, sometimes even when I was holding our newborn son. She got mad when I would comfort him and she got mad when our son pulled her hair. Then she would hit or throw things," Tobias said.

In 2001, 602 women were found guilty of physical abuse. Last year the number had climbed to 1,103, representing an 83 percent increase in 10 years, according to statistics from the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention.

Jenny Yourstone, a researcher with the Swedish Prison and Probation Service, says the increased conviction rate is caused in part by a change in attitudes. More men report physical abuse.

"There is more equality between the sexes today, and people no longer tolerate it when a woman is physically abusive," Yourstone told Swedish Radio News.

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