The report is about the services that the authorities - in accordance with section 109 of the Danish Consolidation Act on Social Services - shall provide to women and children who have been exposed to domestic violence, or otherwise abused by a family member. The Ministry of Social Affairs, Children and Integration is responsible for legislation in the area, whereas the local authorities are responsible for helping the women and children during and after their stay at the shelter.
The purpose of the report is to determine whether women and children receive the help to rebuild their lives free of domestic violence that they are entitled to, according to section 109 of the Consolidation Act on Social Services. The report answers the following questions:
- What are the legislative requirements concerning organisation and funding of women’s shelters and the regulatory tasks of the local authorities?
- Do the local authorities ensure that women and children during and after their stay at a shelter receive the support that they are entitled to according to section 109 of the Consolidation Act on Social Services?
- Does the Ministry of Social Affairs, Children and Integration contribute to ensuring that the local authorities provide the support that the women and children are entitled to according to section 109 of Consolidation Act on Social Services?
Rigsrevisionen initiated this examination in February 2013.
Read the 1st chapter of the report (PDF)