Domestic violence takes place in the home, a space which should be the safest place on earth. We want the
people who live in our accommodation to take care of each other. That’s why we’re introducing Domestic Courage,
Huskurage, a policy which encourages us to prevent domestic violence together. Are you in?
Domestic violence is a classified global health problem. Did you know the people most likely to expose others to
domestic violence are men between the ages of 16 and 30? And those most likely to be exposed to violence are
women aged between 16 and 24? With this in mind, introducing Huskurage in our student accommodation is
extremely important. Swedish national safety surveys show that the majority of those being exposed to violence
do not report their abuser. As a result, a number of people live
with violence every day.
But together, in small ways, we can prevent this violence. Research shows that those being exposed to violence are more
inclined to offer resistance if they know help is available; for example, being aware their neighbours may come to the rescue.
This knowledge gives us the opportunity to help our fellow residents working together.
When neighbours decide to join together to act against domestic violence, we create a safe place to live. Lives can be saved and
people can be helped to make a brighter future. If you’re concerned about your neighbour, we ask you to knock on their door – or if
you find it difficult to do this on your own, get help from another neighbour, or us. If the situation is urgent or threatening, you should
always call the police.
Knock on your neighbour’s door
Ask if everything is okay, or come up with something completely random – maybe you need to borrow some washing powder? Simply
knocking on the door, and then leaving, could be enough to interrupt the violence.
We understand if you feel uncomfortable knocking on the door by yourself, and if that’s the case, you shouldn’t do it. Instead, visit in the
company of other neighbours or call us on 08-458 10 10, and we’ll go together!
Call 112 and contact the police
Always contact the police in situations which appear threatening or urgent – either for you or anyone else.
If you’re concerned about children being exposed to violence or neglect, contact the social services and report the circumstances.
Helpline: 08-508 400 00 – 24 hours a day