Biggest demand for shelters in ten years

DepressionDepression.Photo: Frank May / NTB scanpix

Norwegian shelters had last year the highest number of day users  and day visits since 2005. They are experiencing high demand of people who want to get out of violent relationships.

According to reports from women’s shelters there were 2,447 day users and 9,744 day visits in 2015, compared with 2373 stays and 9,152 day visits in 2014. The report was published by the Children, Youth and Family Affairs (Bufdir).

The Day care facilities are aimed at both former residents who need support in a resettlement phase , and the victims of violence who use shelter for conversation and advice only. In 2015 there was a particularly large increase in the proportion of day users who had not previously been in contact with any shelters, up to 44 percent from 31 percent the year before.

– This may indicate that the shelters’ advisory and counseling service during the day is better known than before, which is very positive, says director Mari Trommald in Bufdir.
In 2015 there were 1,918 adult residents in shelters. Of these, 1,786 women and 125 men. 1,570 children also stayed at the centers.


Source: NTB scanpix / Norway Today