Spain has specialised courts for crimes of violence against women – but eight out of ten women refuse to testify against their husbands.

The project is the work of Karin Alfredsson, Linda Forsell and Kerstin Weigl together with the Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Centres, SKR.  Funding was received from, among others, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida) and the Sigrid Rausing Trust.

Karin Alfredsson ( has written articles, debate books and novels on the subject of violence against women all her life, many from an international perspective.  

Linda Forsell ( has had an exhibition on the subject of sex and gender which has been shown all over Sweden. She has travelled and worked around the world, including in Israel/Palestine, Georgia and East Africa. 

Kerstin Weigl has been awarded a prize for investigative journalism for a unique study of all the women who have died in Sweden as a result of violence in close relationships during the 2000s. The investigation was undertaken together with Kristina Edblom, for the Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

The Swedish Association of Women’s Shelters and Young Women’s Empowerment Centres (SKR) represents around one hundred women’s shelters, young women’s empowerment centres and other organisations working for an equal society free from violence. SKR is not affiliated to any political party or religion. Read more at  

Press contacts:

Carina Ohlsson 

Chairman SKR

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Olga Persson

Förbundssekreterare SKR
Tel: +46 (0)8-642 64 01

Emma Söderström

Informatör SKR
Tel: +46 (0)8-6426401