Particularly vulnerable women


There are a few groups which are considered as particularly vulnerable, when it comes to domestic violence:


  • Older women

  • Disabled women

  • Transgender persons

  • Women of foreign origin

  • Women with an addiction

  • Women who are vulnerable to violence and oppression in the name of honor

  • Women in same sex relationships

  • National minorities


There are also certain risk factors, which limits your ability to leave a violent relationship.

The women in these groups often have more risk factors than others. These are some examples of risk factors:


  • A por social safety net

  • Economic dependence on the abuser

  • Poor knowledge of your legal rights

  • Your surroundings expects too much of you

  • Solitude

  • Loneliness

  • A strong dependence on others to get through your daily life

  • A strong dependence on the abuser

  • Language difficulties


Both you and your relatives are always welcome to contact us at Alla Kvinnors Hus, if you have any questions, or if you need to talk to someone. 


Older women

A pitfall for older women is that instead of being thought of as an individual, people only see you as ”older”. A common prejudice about older people is that they don’t have a sexuality, which leads to sexual abuse very often being made invisible. Older women are at risk of being victims of domestic abuse, of abuse from health care staff, from neighbors in nursing homes and at daily activities. And the abuse is much more often repeated.

Both older women and older men are the victims of this abuse, but it´s almost exclusively women who are exposed to sexual abuse.

One risk factor for older women is that they often have an increased dependence on the on their surroundings, both from family members and from health care staff.

Disabled women

Disabled women get abused just as much as women in general. But when you strongly depend on your surroundings to get through the day, it makes you particularly vulnerable. If the abuser also is your personal assistant, the abuse can be made invisible, and instead look like insufficiencies in the care giving. Just like older women, disabled women are also looked upon as sexless and with no sexuality, which makes sexual abuse invisible.

Transgender persons

This is a particularly vulnerable group, because of the standard cross-gender expression. This can be used against you in an abusing relationship. The proportion of young LGBTQ who´ve been abused by someone in the family is significantly higher than for heterosexual youths. The conflict between relatives’ expectations, solitude and a strong dependence on the abuser are all risk factors which transgender persons encounters.


Women of foreign origin

Women of foreign origin are at much higher risk of being domestically abused than women with at least one parent born in Sweden. Like most women, the violence occurs at home, and not on the streets. There are many risk factors for women with a foreign origin. Poor knowledge about their rights, economical dependence on the abuser, isolation, language difficulties and a poor social network are some of them.

Ethnic discrimination can also make the violence invisible, by explaining the violence as something connected to the abusers culture.


Women with an addiction

These women often find themselves in situations which increases the risk of violence. In addition to this you might find it harder to get help, since it´s often seen as you have yourself to blame. The domestic violence is often seen as a consequence of the addiction, and therefore is made invisible.

Like other women, you are usually abused in partner relationships, but in addition to this you can also be abused by different professionals you meet, such as members of the police or staff at various homes or shelters.

It´s very hard for abused women in general to seek help, but I might be even harder for women in an addiction. Many times because of fear of no one believing in you, or that you´ll be looked upon as a bad parent and that you will lose your children etc.


You are more than welcome to talk to us here at Alla Kvinnors Hus if you have any questions, if you want to make an appointment for a counselling session, or if you just want to talk a little.

But you cannot stay at our accommodation with a secret address unless you´ve been drug free for at least a year.


Women who are vulnerable to violence and oppression in the name of honor

One unique thing about this kind of violence is that there are often more than one abuser, the abusers are in the immediate family, and they are in turn driven on by other relatives.

You might say that the woman carries the whole family’s honor on her shoulders.

The choice of a partner is the whole family’s´ business.

The woman’s sexuality is also something which is carefully monitored.

The abuse can be both physical, psychological, social, economical and sexual.

Everything from every day limitations (like what clothes you wear, what friends you see etc.) to major life choices (if you want to study or who to marry).

It can also include physical checkups to see if you´re still a virgin, excessive violence and sometimes even deadly assault.

Both girls, women, boys and men are vulnerable to violence and oppression in the name of honor, and LGBTQ-persons are a very special target.


It´s also important to remember that the abusers can be both men and women. The mother who accompanies a girl when she goes to the hospital for injuries may very well be the abuser.


Women in same sex relationships

Domestic abuse in same sex relationships follow the same patterns as heterosexual relationships. And around every 5 young LGBTQ-persons reports that they´ve been abused by someone in their family.

One difference though is that your partner might threaten to “out” you (threatens to reveal your sexuality at your workplace, at school or to your family and friends).

Your gender can also make your surroundings perceive the abuse in another matter. The heteronomy makes the violence downplayed and invisible.

Just like women vulnerable to violence in the name of honor, health staff aren’t always aware that the woman accompanying them when she seeks help can also be the abuser.


Women belonging to a national minority

Women belonging to a national minority have the same problems when it comes to domestic abuse as the other groups. But what´s significant for this group is that people you come in contact with only see you as a minority, instead of an individual.

People focus more on the ethnicity and the prejudices about it, like: “That’s the way it´s done in their culture”, instead of focusing on the violence you´re the victim of.

And, again, this makes the abuse invisible.



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