Crime Victim Support

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Since 1998, RFSL has offered crime victim support to LGBTQ people who have experienced abuse, threats, and violence. Sometimes these acts are criminal, but not always. Family and friends of individuals, as well as those working with vulnerable LGBTQ people, are welcome to seek information and assistance from RFSL's Crime Victim Support.

Contact

Hotline: 020-34 13 16 (free)

E-mail: boj@rfsl.se

 

Individual Support

Individual support is provided through phone calls and/or via e-mail. The calls are free of charge and confidential, and callers can remain anonymous.

RFSL provides:

  • individual emergency counselling, or several processing counselling sessions
  • information about human and social rights
  • assistance with care and contact with authorities
  • support with reporting crime and the legal process
  • contact with complainant’s counsel
  • safe and secure sheltered living accommodation in Stockholm

With about 200 people seeking support every year, Crime Victim Support is Sweden’s most experienced LGBTQ victim support.

Our Crime Victim Support also works to educate and inform, highlighting LGBTQ people’s experiences and exposure to domestic abuse, hate crime, sexual violence, and honour related violence.

RFSL’s Crime Victim Support has become a resource centre for issues regarding violence and LGBTQ people, and we are often asked to provide training, participate in reference groups for governmental investigations, and share knowledge and information through our networks.

Education and Guidance for Professionals

RFSL’s Crime Victim Support has unique knowledge and skills in supporting LGBTQ people who have experienced violence. We offer specialised guidance to other professionals, such as social workers, youth health workers, the Police, school counsellors, and other victim support organisations. We also provide training for organisations wanting to increase their knowledge in engaging with LGBTQ people who have experienced violence.

Contact

Hotline: 020-34 13 16 (free)

E-mail: boj@rfsl.se