New refuge guarantee for women threatened with violencein the capital. (Arranged photogragh).Photo: Claudio Bresciani/Scanpix

Refuge guarantee for women at risk in Stockholm

Stockholm city council plans to provide guaranteed sheltered accommodation to all women in danger of domestic violence.

“It’s a critical life-changing decision to decide to leave someone who is abusive,” said Anna König Jerlmyr, Stockholm’s social affairs mayor.

“There should be no doubt that a place will be available for them.”

The decision is part of a package of measures aimed at increasing the safety of women in the capital.

Five out of every six victims of domestic violence in Sweden are women, according to Stockholm council.

On Monday a 19-year-old women was murdered in Landskrona in southern Sweden in a so-called honour killing. The killing raised questions over whether women in fear of their lives are systematically offered protected accommodation.

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