Safer society – an Icelandic approach towards domestic violence
The Icelandic Police in cooperation with Social services developed new approach in the fight against domestic violence. The new approach argues a fundamental shift in perspective on domestic violence by government, arguing that it is not a private issue but a societal one. At the start of every case the police have a unique opportunity to influence the progress of the case. The approach argues a communal platform between all relevant services. The social worker is summoned to the scene. The police performs a thorough on-scene investigation and arrange for the the victim to have a medical examination. The police provides the victim with the resource of restraining order and expulsion of home. The stakeholders ensure that the victims and perpetrators alike receive appropriate and sufficient social-, psychological- and legal assistance. A detective and a social worker revisit the home to reevaluate the situation at home. Then we assess the risk to prevent repeated violations.
Alda Hrönn Jóhannsdóttir domestic abuse specialist with background in law enforcement has been Chief Attorney of the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police and Police prosecutor 2001-2014. First prosecutor in sexual abuse department of the Reykjavik Metropolitan Police 2007. Alda worked as a head of prosecution unit in Sudurnes district from October 2007-sept 2014 where new approach was developed in 2012. Head of economic devision of national commissioner between 2010-2011. Deputy Chief of Metropolitan Police sept 2014-sept 2015. From sept 2015 Chief attorney and has among others developed the new approach, together against violence. Alda´s special field is crimes against people in vulnerable position.