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Kerstin Svensson

Kerstin Svensson

Professor

Kerstin Svensson

An influential child of its time: Victim Support Sweden and the changing discourse on violence against women

Författare

  • Carina Gallo
  • Kerstin Svensson

Summary, in English

This article aims to describe and analyse the policy work by Sweden’s largest victim support organization – the Swedish Association for Victim Support (BOJ) – in the area of violence against women. The article is based on a study of BOJ’s national archive and interviews with key figures in the organization. We analysed the material within the context of contemporary governing political ideas in the late 20th and early 21st centuries, particularly concerning violence against women. We argue that BOJ is both a creation and a creator of its time. BOJ gained a position in a changing welfare state and has adhered to contemporary governing ideas over time. At the same time, BOJ has helped silence structural discourses around violence against women in relation to both class and gender by supporting the notion that considered abused women to be crime victims, and not as women first and foremost. Going forward, it is essential to ask whether defining abused women principally as ‘victims of crime’ is helpful or harmful. If we adjust how violence against women is perceived, the solutions will change.

Avdelning/ar

  • Socialhögskolan

Publiceringsår

2021

Språk

Engelska

Sidor

90-105

Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie

Nordic Journal of Criminology

Volym

22

Issue

1

Dokumenttyp

Artikel i tidskrift

Förlag

Routledge

Ämne

  • Social Work
  • Law and Society

Nyckelord

  • civil society
  • welfare state
  • victim support
  • violence against women

Status

Published

ISBN/ISSN/Övrigt

  • ISSN: 2578-983X