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Government proposes creation of dedicated office to tackle domestic violence

The establishment of the independent and autonomous office is expected to be signed into law early next year.

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The establishment of the role of National Rapporteur on Violence against Women is part of Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (SDP) programme for office. Image: Ronnie Holmberg / Yle

Finland's government has proposed creating a National Rapporteur to tackle the issues of domestic abuse and violence against women.

The independent and autonomous office would also monitor the functioning of national legislation and the implementation of international obligations.

The rapporteur would work with the office of the Equality Ombudsman, and would therefore also be entitled, under certain conditions, to access confidential information.

Minister of Justice Anna-Maja Henriksson (SPP) said that violence against women is a serious human rights and equality problem in Finland.

"It is important that an independent office is established in Finland, which monitors how effective our legislation and work against domestic violence is," Henriksson said. "The aim is to be able to tackle violence against women and domestic violence more effectively and to improve the position of victims."

With regard to domestic abuse, the rapporteur's duties would also include tackling violence against men and boys.

The law allowing for the creation of the role is expected to enter into force in early 2022.

The establishment of the role of National Rapporteur on Violence against Women is part of Prime Minister Sanna Marin's (SDP) programme for office.

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