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Women’s Safe Shelter Has Another Busy Year

As in previous years, 2011 was a busy year at the Women’s Safe Shelter in Reykjavík. A total of 174 guests, women and children who had to flee their homes because of violence, used the shelter, mbl.is reports.


The legislation regarding the new police authorization to remove a violent individual from their home, the so-called Austrian way, seems to have made no difference.

Even so, the legislation has undoubtedly made all the difference for the one woman for which the new protocol was used in the nine months that have passed since the legislation was introduced, the Women’s Safe Shelter says in a statement.

The women who stayed in the shelter come from a total of 36 countries but most of them were Icelandic. However, when added up, half of the women who stayed at the shelter were of foreign origin.

In most cases, the perpetrators are the women’s current or former husbands or live-in partners and therefore their children’s fathers or stepfathers.

The time period the women and children spent at the shelter ranged from one day to five months. Women spent 15 days on average but children 21 day on average.

According to the Women’s Safe Shelter, their current facilities are far too small for their operations.


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