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Icelandic State to Compensate Victims of Abuse

The government decided at their cabinet meeting yesterday to compensate people who were mistreated or suffered abuse at state-run institutions and treatment homes, following a recently-published black report on such homes.

The government offices. Photo by Páll Stefánsson.

The report was undertaken by the committee that revealed that boys had been abused at the treatment home in Breidavík, Fréttabladid reports.

It concluded that supervision was minimal at Heyrnarleysingjaskólinn, a school for deaf children, and two other treatment homes for troubled children, Kumbaravogur and Bjarg, and that many of the children who stayed there were abused.

The government plans to submit a bill on compensating victims of abuse at state-run institutions at the Althingi parliament shortly after it reconvenes this fall. The bill will be based on discussions between the Prime Minister’s Office and the Breidavík Association.

Click here to read more about the Breidavík case.

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