“Worldwide, almost one third (30%) of women who have been in a relationship report that they have experienced some form of physical and/or sexual violence by their intimate partner in their lifetime.” This figure shows that domestic abuse is not a random event that can strike anyone, for no reason. It is not a punctual incident and it is linked to a culture that undermines, belittles and devalues women.
According to the Global Peace Index, Norway is one of the safest countries in the world and among the wealthiest. It is, however, not the safest for women. From 2000 to 2010, 83 women were murdered by their partner or ex-partner. 7 out of 10 rapes are committed in private homes. Every year more than 3,000 women and 2,000 children spend the night in a shelter. A number of studies on domestic violence against women and children in Norway indicate that such violence is far more widespread than initially thought.
(Astrada. W., “Shattered Myths in Norway”, 2011. Photography Project)