Women’s shelters and young women’s empowerment centres
Women and young women can contact shelters or empowerment centres to talk to someone about what they have experienced. All women’s shelters or empowerment centres have an e-mail address and most also have a chat room and a telephone number you can ring.
At young women’s empowerment centres you can always be anonymous and those who you talk with have a vow of confidentiality. This means that nothing that is said goes any further. Young women’s empowerment centres are not authorities, so this means that they are not duty-bound to make reports. It can therefore be nice to first talk to someone at an empowerment centre and vent your thoughts in peace and quiet, without needing to worry about submitting a report. Young women’s empowerment centres can be found in many towns, but not in all. You do not have to contact a centre in your own town. You can find details of the empowerment centres at: www.tjejjouren.se.
You can also talk to women’s shelters, in the same way, but they also have sheltered accommodation where you can live in secret if you have to suddenly move away from your family or partner. Both women’s shelters and young women’s empowerment centres have good contact with the police and social services and know who could be good to talk to, if you want to.