The Paradoxical Approach to Intimate Partner Violence in Finland

August 2011
International Perspectives in Victimology;Aug2011, Vol. 6 Issue 1, p9
Academic Journal
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is internally recognized as a pervasive and underreported social and public health problem, with a preponderance of female victims. Finland is renowned for its woman-friendly comprehensive welfare state, yet it has relatively high rates of IPV against women. This article explores how IPV has been socially constructed in Finland through a survey of laws, government action programs, and reports on IPV. The recent rise in immigration to Finland has brought the conceptualization of IPV as a culturally essential attribute of foreign men, which continues to render the complexity of IPV in Finnish society invisible.


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