Law Offers Little Protection for Women

Women who are attacked by their spouses or ex-spouses do not get sufficient protection from the law, according to a new study.

Writing in Dagens Nyheter newspaper, two crime researchers and a police inspector reveal that at least 40 per cent of women who report violence by their partner become victims of further attacks within four years.

The police intervene only in cases which are deemed high risk.

“In other cases, other authorities take over responsibility, which means that nothing is actually done,” they wrote.

The study comes in the wake of a grisly court ruling on Monday in which a 51-year old man was sentenced to 18 years in prison for dousing his ex-partners in petrol and setting her alight.

The woman had reported her killer for previous attacks.