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Lithuanian-Icelandic Union to Help Victims of Violence

Vaida Karinauskaite, vice-chairperson of the Association of Lithuanians and Icelanders, said she knows that some Lithuanian women in Iceland, who are not able to communicate in Icelandic, have become victims of domestic violence and don’t know who to turn to. She wants to help.

“It is very important that Lithuanians know that they can seek assistance at the association. We refer people to institutions like the Red Cross, Stígamót [The Icelandic Counselling and Information Center for Survivors of Sexual Violence] and the Women’s Shelter,” Karinauskaite told Morgunbladid.

“I am proud of being Lithuanian. I try to help people and I don’t have to be ashamed of what others have done,” Karinauskaite said, referring to five Lithuanian citizens who were recently convicted for attempting to force a young Lithuanian woman into prostitution in Iceland.

“We cannot change what has happened but we hope that people won’t judge us all because of such news,” Karinauskaite said. Lithuanians are among the largest groups of immigrants in Iceland.

Karinauskaite works a nurse at the Landspítali hospital in Fossvogur in Reykjavík and also as an interpreter at the Althjódahús – Intercultural Center in Reykjavík.

She has lived in Iceland for 11 years and is married to Icelandic architect Kjartan Rafnsson. They have two children together.

The Association of Lithuanians and Icelanders organizes various events for Lithuanians living in Iceland and their families and offers guidance if necessary. The association’s website contains useful information in Lithuanian.

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