State increases support to women's shelters

Women's shelters will receive an additional SEK 13.4 billion in government subsidies starting in 2014, ministers Maria Arnholm and Maria Larsson said Tuesday morning.

The increase means shelters will receive more than double the amount of state funds they accept now. The permanent increase will continue into 2015 where shelters will see a total of SEK 23.3 million annually after that.

Larsson, Minister for Children and the Elderly at the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs, and Arnholm, Minister for Gender Equality and Deputy Minister for Education, announced the news on the forthcoming budget in the Swedish newspaper Svenska Dagbladet. The ministers stated that shelters play a central role in efforts to combat violence against women.

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