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Women's shelters

The purpose of these statistics is to provide information about women and children at shelters for battered women in accordance with section 109 in the Act on Social Services. Section 109 prescribes that the municipal council shall offer temporary accommodation facilities to women who have been exposed to violence, threats of violence or a corresponding crisis in regard to family or cohabitation relationships. The statistics were published for the first time in April 2018, with data about 2017. These statistics include women and children enrolled at women's shelters from 1st of January 2017.

Statistical presentation

These statistics are a yearly measurement of the number of stays and the number of women and children enrolled at shelters for battered women. The statistics are grouped by municipality, origin, age and duration of the stay.

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Statistical processing

Data for these statistics are collected by way of quarterly reports from the shelters for battered women. Collected data are validated and duplicates are removed before the statistics are supplemented with background information about the women's municipality from Statistics Denmark's population register. The women can choose to be anonymous. This applies to 9 percent of the women. Once the data have been validated the number of women and children and the number of stays with and without children are then added up .

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The Ministry for Social Affairs and Senior Citizens has asked Statistics Denmark to collect and publish statistics about stays at shelters for battered women in Denmark. The statistics will be used to broaden the scope of the social field.

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Accuracy and reliability

These statistics include all women at 18 years of age and above and their children who have stayed at a shelter for battered women, in accordance with section 109 in the Act on Social Services. About 9 percent of the population is anonymous, which results in some uncertainty. A fourth of these lack birthday data. It is not possible to calculate duplicates or include background variables. To reduce this (as much as possible), the children's civil registration numbers have been connected with the mother's by means of the population register.

Speadsheets are used for reporting, which can result in errors. Approximately 1 pct. of the stays overlap.

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Timeliness and punctuality

The statistics are published about 10 month after the end of the reference period.

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The statistics have been produced since 2017. It can be compared with the yearly statistics from the The National Board of Social Services and Landsorganisation for Kvindekrisecentre (LOKK). Sweden also have statistics about women who experience violence .

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Accessibility and clarity

These statistics were published in Nyt fra Danmarks Statistik in the autumn of 2022. In StatBank Denmark, these statistics can be found under the subject Social conditions. For further information, go to the subject page.

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