COVID and Crime Trends in Finland

10 August 2022

By Matti Näsi It has been little over two years since the beginning of global Covid-19 pandemic. Although it does appear that we may be on the winning side of things, the consequences and disruptions caused by the pandemic were massive. In Finland, lockdown in the spring of 2020 meant significant restrictions on restaurants, social…

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Negotiating care, post-trafficking needs and gender in understanding help-seeking behaviour of trafficked victims: a case study of Finland and Sweden

01 August 2022

By Polina Smiragina-Ingelström “[They are] not ideal victims of crime, especially when not trafficked for other reasons than sexual, so the social services don’t want to deal with them, they can’t relate to their experience as being victimizing. […] not everyone feels or understands that they are victims.” This concern was expressed by one of…

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Current controversies in Nordic intimate partner violence research

27 June 2022

by Maiju Tanskanen Some repeated empirical findings and general criminological notions, such as the associations between various types of crime and the victim–offender overlap, remain relatively overlooked in Nordic intimate partner violence (IPV) research. Understanding the full ramifications of the phenomenon may require challenging some prevalent assumptions on the nature of IPV.  In some research…

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Rape myths are prevalent among young Danes

22 June 2022

by Sarah van Mastrigt 11,800 women are subjected to rape or attempted rape annually, according to Danish victim surveys. A new analysis from Aarhus University shows that among young people, and especially 16-20-year-old males, stereotypes and erroneous notions about rape abound. That’s a problem, as previous research suggests that rape myth acceptance can contribute to…

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Blood stains, skulls & DNA – when evidence goes digital

01 June 2022

by Mareile Kaufman and Maja Vestad Maja enters a burnt room. There is a body on the floor and blood patterns on the wall. Evidence everywhere: furniture, ceiling – ashes cover the crime scene. She sits down to examine the body and clicks a button to get closer. Conference participants with bulky goggles walk the…

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The Scandinavian prison project: What happens when Scandinavian correctional principles and practices travel to the US?

19 May 2022

By Synøve Nygaard Andersen The Scandinavian countries continually receive international attention for combining “exceptional” conditions of confinement  with recidivism rates that are among the lowest in the world . Although the idea of Scandinavian (or Nordic) penal exceptionalism is highly contested – not least from within Scandinavian criminology itself – many countries still glance to…

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The moral burden of rape reporting

02 May 2022

by Maria Hansen, Kari Stefansen and May-Len Skilbrei Recent years have seen significant changes in the perception of what rape is and what victims should do in its aftermath. In Norway, an increasing number of rapes are being reported to the police, many of which are committed by acquaintances and taking place in contexts involving…

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Live blogging legal trials in Denmark and Sweden

01 March 2022

Live blogging from legal trials has become one of the most accessible and popular ways in which the public can gain direct insight into legal proceedings, particularly in countries where television cameras are denied entry into the courtroom such as Denmark and Sweden. Live blogs are descriptions of trials, written by journalists who sit in the…

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