Committee proposes 70 measures against partner murders in Norway

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A survey of 19 partner killings in Norway shows that most occurred after one or more warning signs. A total of 70 measures are now being proposed to prevent such killings.

The Partner Homicide Committee, which the government set up, has looked at why a quarter of all homicides in Norway include a person who has been killed by a partner or former partner. 

In the last 30 years, there have been 231 such murders in Norway.

The committee has reviewed 19 such killings and come up with a number of measures that it believes can be used to reduce such crime. 

A total of 70 different measures are proposed.

“A big job ahead”

“There are some new measures, but most involve using the tools you already have today,” committee leader and professor of law Ragnhild Hennum said while presenting the report to Minister of Justice and Emergency Management Monica Mæland (H) on Tuesday morning.

“We have a big job to do here, and I feel a big responsibility as well. We have to learn, and we have to do something,” Mæland said when she received the report.

In a majority of the cases investigated, the committee found that no measures had been implemented that could prevent the partner killings.

“In the committee’s view, the case review showed that there is the potential in the support system to prevent partner killings,” Hennum said. 

Mæland promised to address the problem.

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