Shelters for victims of domestic violence


Children playing at the shelter

Shelters offer support, advice and counselling

Shelters offer immediate crisis help, round-the-clock secured housing and psychosocial support, advice and counselling related to acute situations. The service is primarily offered to persons and families suffering from intimate partner violence or threat of such. 

Shelteres are

  • available regardless of place of residence 
  • free of charge to customers, offered to families and individual clients, regardless of age or gender
  • if necessary, available anonymously.

Shelters are aimed for people or families suffering from intimate partner violence or its threat. 

A shelter is a home-like place free of violence, with help offered to end violence. Shelters offer professional support, advice and counselling for acute situations.

Shelters have staff present around the clock. You can phone a shelter if you need additional information or if you are doubtful about the situation you are in. You can go to a shelter on your own initiative at any time. Customers are directed to shelters also by authorities and by health and social services. Staying at a shelter does not cost you anything.

THL is responsible for organising shelteres for victims of domestic violence, and for coordinating and developing the service network. The objective is to create high-quality and comprehensive shelter services nationwide. There are 29 shelters in Finland with 230 family places in total.

Contact details of shelters in Finland (in Finnish)

Information on shelters

Up-to-date information on each shelter can always be obtained from the shelter itself. Help with domestic violence and information about free shelter places can be obtained by telephone from Nollalinja.

Contact details

Suvi Nipuli
Development Manager
tel. +358 29 524 7205
e-mail: [email protected]

Maria Svetloff
Senior Specialist
tel. +358 29 524 8541
e-mail: [email protected]

Kristina Pullinen (on leave)
Planning officer
tel. +358 29 524 8346
e-mail: [email protected]

Johanna Hietamäki
Senior researcher
tel. +358 29 524 7990
e-mail: [email protected]

Tanja Kamotskin
Senior Specialist
tel. +358 29 524 7699
e-mail: [email protected]