Summary of the memorandum Effekter av straffskärpningen för fridskränkningsbrott (in Swedish)
The amendment of the provision regarding gross violation of a woman's integrity resulted in more stringent minimum penalties and an expansion of the types of acts that can together constitute a gross violation of integrity.
The offences of gross violation of integrity and gross violation of a woman's integrity were introduced into the Swedish Penal Code in 1998 in order to combat violence in domestic relationships. The provision regarding gross violation of a woman's integrity applies to repeated violent offences, threat offences, or sexual offences which are perpetrated by a man against a woman with whom he is, or has been, married or with whom he cohabits or has cohabited. Gross violation of integrity refers to the same type of criminal offences, but when directed against another type of closely-related person, such as a parent, child, sibling, or male partner.
An amendment to the provision which entered into force on 1 July 2013 entailed an increase in the minimum penalty for these offences from six months' imprisonment to nine months' imprisonment. The Government's justification for the increase was that the nine-month minimum prison sentence would constitute a better reflection of the penal value of these offences. It was also argued that an increase in the minimum penalty would lead to a general increase in the penalty level for the offences, which was regarded as desirable.
© Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention 2018
Author: Jonas Ring