Conference on how Icelanders United Against Domestic Violence


Recording from the conference Breaking the Silence that was held at Fosshotel Reykjavík the 29th of August 2019.

Final report on the project Breaking the Silence

For the last decade Iceland has been internationally recognized for being one of the most gender equal countries in the world. But does this mean that there are no challenges in Iceland when it comes to full gender equality?

The answer is of course, no. In all sectors of society, there is still work to be done to reach the goal of gender equality, especially when it comes to violence against women. In recent years the numbers of domestic violence cases reported to the police have been on the rise. The reason is not because violence against women has increased, the reason is increased awareness and a whole new way of systematically dealing with gender based violence.

In this conference we explore the innovative practices behind this development. This revolutionary work on how to fight and prevent violence against women began in 2012. The procedures that have been implemented as obligatory by the Commissioner of the Icelandic Police were developed in a small town on the South West Coast of Iceland. The key factor in the success of this project is the multi-sector approach that brings together all relevant services to ensure that the victims and perpetrators alike receive appropriate social, psychological and legal assistance.

The speakers at the conference are from various public institutions, civil society and academia, and have valuable experience when it comes to working within the new system. The conference is designed to inspire and benefit everyone working with domestic violence; whether it is in relation to policy, victims or perpetrators.

This conference is the last event of the project Breaking the Silence - End Violence against Women, co-funded by Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme of the European Union. The objective of the project is to increase the capacity of the institutional infrastructure and support to be more sensitive and capable to work with victims of violence as well as increasing awareness through the campaign You have HOPE.

We look forward to welcoming you and to sharing success stories, best practices, imminent challenges and new insights from Iceland.


Program of conference in Reykjavik 29 August 2019

NEW program for to day!