Understanding Concepts of Violence – A key to the work processes on the new qualitative target (2021:22)

Men’s violence against women and domestic violence are serious gender-equality problems and the prevailing political consensus is that it must end. Sweden ratified the Istanbul Convention in 2014, The Council of Europe Convention on Preventing and Combatting Violence against Women and Domestic Violence, and in 2017, as a part of its commitment, the government adopted a ten-year national strategy to prevent and combat men’s violence against women (SKR 2016/17:10). The national strategy includes efforts to combat domestic violence, violence in LGBTI relationships, honour-related violence and oppression, as well as prostitution and human trafficking for sexual purposes.

The qualitative target encompasses both Sweden’s commitments within the framework of the Istanbul Convention and the national strategy to prevent and combat men’s violence against women.

Knowledge is critical for victims of violence and perpetrators of violence to receive adequate treatment and support to change their life circumstances. Consequently, the Swedish government has resolved that knowledge about combating men’s violence against women and domestic violence shall constitute a qualitative target in eight tertiary level education programmes.

The Swedish Gender Equality Agency has established that there is a considerable need for lecturers and staff with overarching educational responsibilities to be further educated on the subject. In particular, this pertains to understanding the scope and context of what is included in the qualitative target. To improve dissemination of the study an abridged version in the English language has been prepared, Higher-Education Institutions’ Education Requirements on the Issue of Men’s Violence Against Women and Domestic Violence. The Swedish Gender Equality Agency has prepared this abridged version.

Understanding Concepts of Violence – A key to the work processes on the new qualitative target (2021:22)

Published: 2021-09-14
Last updated: 2:07 - 14 Sep, 2021