Monday, January 17

The police director fears that corona measures will affect children

Police Director Benedicte Bjørnland says children can be more exposed to violence and abuse as a result of infection control measures. Stock photo from July 2021.

Police Director Benedicte Bjørnland fears that corona measures may increase the room for maneuver for violence and abuse in family relationships. Children are especially vulnerable.

The police’s latest intelligence report looks at the challenges that are expected. It shows that the recently introduced infection control measures can provide increased room for maneuver for family members to commit violence and abuse against their family, writes VG.

– What we have been, and still are worried about, is violence in close relationships and sexual abuse of children, says police director Benedicte Bjørnland.

According to Bjørnland, isolation, mental illness, intoxication, unemployment and tight finances can lead to increased conflict in the home.

– As police, we have no opinion about the measures, but we think it is important to be aware of the risk here, she points out.

Minister for Children and Families Kjersti Toppe (Labor Party) shares the police director’s concern.

– Infection control measures have a shadow side, which is why we try as far as possible to shield children and young people, Toppe says to VG.

Toppe says that the government will implement compensatory measures, to reduce the burden and improve the security of those who have difficulty.

– With regard to children, young people and other vulnerable groups in particular, the government will present a proposition to the Storting as soon as practically possible about a package of measures of NOK 78 million, Toppe says.

Among other things, they want to allocate money to support social activities and to strengthen helplines for children and parents.

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