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Lack of support for victims of sex abuse

According to Gedhjálp, a campaigning group for the mentally ill, people who were sexually abused or victims of violence at the treatment homes Byrgid and Breidavík do not get enough support from the government.

Gedhjálp sent a statement to the media on Monday saying only a portion of these people could use the service offered from the government, as Morgunbladid reports.

In Gedhjálp’s opinion, representatives of the government should have interacted with the victims of violence directly instead of sending them to the department at the National Hospital where patients suffering from mental illnesses are treated.

Some of the people who asked for help there were sent away, Gedhjálp stated, and many of them do not belong in the mentally ill department, the campaigning group pointed out.

Gedhjálp would like to remind the government that it owes these people all the support it can offer.

The Christian treatment home Byrgid for alcoholics and drug addicts was funded by the government and the treatment home in Breidavík for troubled children was run by the government.

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