Shelters for Victims of Domestic Violence 2022

Preliminary data 2023

Preliminary data on number of clients and days spent in shelters are annually published in February of the year following the reference year.

Definitive data will be published in Statistical Report in May-June 2024.

Preliminary data

The number of clients increased at shelters for victims of domestic violence

A total of 5,163 clients used the services of shelters for victims of domestic violence in 2022. Of these, 57 per cent were adults and 43 per cent were children. Of the adults, 91 per cent were female and 9 per cent were male.

In 2022, the number of clients increased by 4 percent compared to 2021. The number of both adult clients and underage clients increased. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of clients had grown each year since 2015, but the pandemic put a stop to this trend and the numbers went down in 2020 and 2021.

In 2022, a total of 89,394 days were spent in the shelters, which is 4,932 more than in 2021.

At the end of 2022, there were a total of 29 shelters in Finland providing a total of 228 places for clients coming as a family or alone. Shelter services are government-funded special services for persons who have experienced domestic violence or are under threat of it.

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Client numbers of shelters for victims of domestic violence 2017–2022


Background information

Description of statistics

The statistic contains national data on the clients of shelters for victims of domestic abuse, such as the days of residence, clients' background information as well as information related to the violence experienced by the clients. Generally used national classifications are utilised for the client documents and thus also in the classifications included in the summary form used for data collection.

The data is collected with an electronic form from all the shelter service providers, it is presented at the national level, and no information specific to any individual shelter will be published. Data collection started in 2016.

The statistics are published annually in June.


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Shelters for Victims of Domestic Violence 2022

Statistical Report 38/2028, 14th of June 2023
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