Norwegian study: Increase in reported partner violence incidents registered during the first part of the pandemic

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From March to December 2020, there were 54% more reports of partner violence in Trøndelag. Researchers believe the figures are also relevant for other parts of the country.

The study shows that reported violent instances during the lockdown may have been more serious than before, Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) writes.

Before and during the lockdown, people with an immigrant background have been overrepresented in the statistics of reported instances of domestic violence, but there were fewer reports related to this group during the pandemic.

Merete Berg Nesset, a researcher in security, prison, and forensic psychiatry at the Department of Mental Health at St. Olav’s Hospital in Trondheim, believes that this is worrying.

“Those with an immigrant background contacted the police to a lesser extent. We think this is worrying, as we know that many in this group are hard hit,” she told the channel.

The study also shows that there were more reports against female perpetrators, where the man in the relationship was the victim, during the period in question.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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