Women’s anti violence organisations in Sweden and the UK

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This research investigates the development and experiences of women’s anti-violence organisations in Sweden and the UK, the particular focus being the dual roles of these organisations: that is, part service provision and part political change. In addition, how these different capacities influence their relationship with ’the state’ and its agencies. The research investigates the development and experiences of organisations such as: Women’s Aid; Rape Crisis; Kvinnojourernas Riksförbund; and ROKS, and involved both quantitative and qualitative research techniques. Data was gathered using self-complete questionnaires and semi-structured interviews. This paper details initial findings from the quantitative analysis of 600 self-complete questionnaires administered in Sweden and the UK, focusing on the distinctions between the two countries. It considers issues such as: organisation of working practice around violence; funding; demography and experience of workers; service provision; campaigning; organisational structure; and interactions with state and other agencies. These findings will be used to inform the debate about the extent to which the nature of ’the state’ affects both how movements develop and how they put issues of violence and gender on the political agenda. The extent to which organisations maintain a political and campaigning orientation, or develop more of a service-orientation towards victims of violence, and the ambiguous position they may occupy in this respect, as ’outsiders’ or ’insiders’ respectively, is also examined.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationKon och vald I Norden (Gender and Violence in the Nordic Countries)
PublisherNordisk Ministerråd
ISBN (Print)9289307994
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2002


  • violence
  • gender
  • anti-violence organisations
  • Sweden


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