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Norway to host European conference on domestic violence. Conference to attract 210 participants from 47 countries. Knut Storberget, the Norwegian Minister of Justice hosting the conference entitled “breaking the silence”, tells dagbladet.no that 1,300 children contact support networks every week. “There is no reason to believe that this is less of a problem in other countries; on the contrary” he tells Dagbladet (dagbladet.no).Almost invisible

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Norway to host European conference on domestic violence

Published on Wednesday, 10th June, 2009 at 01:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last Updated on 10th June 2009 at 13:11.

Conference to attract 210 participants from 47 countries.

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High rate of occurrence in Norway

Knut Storberget, the Norwegian Minister of Justice hosting the conference entitled “breaking the silence”, tells dagbladet.no that 1,300 children contact support networks every week.

“There is no reason to believe that this is less of a problem in other countries; on the contrary” he tells Dagbladet (dagbladet.no).

Almost invisible

According to the Norwegian Ministry of Law and Order, domestic violence is often concealed, taking place behind closed doors. Its victims live with the trauma of having experienced it, seldom revealing their fear and isolation, whilst its perpetrators deny that the problem exists, and that it ever happened.

The fact that this type of violence is both barely visible in the legal system, is seldom recognized as being a serious crime, and is a fundamental violation of human rights, only exacerbates the problem.

Norwegian contribution

This lack of recognition is one of the things on the conference’s agenda, and the ministry says that the problem will be raised, with ways of combating domestic violence being discussed, and with a common approach to breaking the silence being developed. This will both support and empower its victims.

Storberget informs Dagbladet that he would also like to demonstrate what has been achieved here

“amongst other things by establishing child shelters, reinforcing the police (with a full-time family violence coordinator), and the right to counsel and compensation for the aggrieved party.”

Indeed, the government has created a new penal code to punish the violence that occurs in private to a far greater degree than it has been up to now.

According to Dagbladet, Norway is one of the countries of the world with the severest retribution for domestic violence. The new code has doubled the maximum penalty, under which the offender can be sentenced to up to 15 years in prison.

The 29th conference of the Council of European Ministers of Justice is to take place in Tromsø between the 18th and 19th of June.



Published on Wednesday, 10th June, 2009 at 01:08 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .
Last updated on 10th June 2009 at 13:11.

This post has the following tags: european, justice, minister, knut, storberget, norway, conference, troms, domestic, violence, punish, support.





  
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