The Paradoxical Approach to Intimate Partner Violence in Finland

The Paradoxical Approach to Intimate Partner Violence in Finland

Kris Clarke, California State University, Fresno

Abstract

Intimate partner violence (IPV) is internally recognized as a pervasive and underreported social and public health problem, with a preponderance of female victims. Finland is renowned for its woman-friendly comprehensive welfare state, yet it has relatively high rates of IPV against women. This article explores how IPV has been socially constructed in Finland through a survey of laws, government action programs, and reports on IPV. The recent rise in immigration to Finland has brought the conceptualization of IPV as a culturally essential attribute of foreign men, which continues to render the complexity of IPV in Finnish society invisible.

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