If the perpetrator is a relative or someone you were/are in a close relationship with, multiple reported events may be classified and investigated as a single felony known as gross violation of integrity or gross violation of a woman’s integrity. There may be several different types of acts of psychological, physical or sexual violence, but it also regards situations where the person intentionally breaks your things (vandalism) or violates a restraining order. The critical factor is that the same closely related person has committed several criminal acts against you over a short or long period of time (but within a time interval of six months), and that this has led to repeated violation of your self-esteem and integrity. You will be asked to relate what happened or what was said during the events and violations. At such time, the same questions, documentation and preservation of evidence apply as indicated above for the type of crime in question. When there is a series of events, you do not have to be able to provide exact details and times since it may be hard to keep the details of each event separate in your head when they have occurred repeatedly and over a prolonged period of time. The questions will then be about the relationship and how the repeated events have affected you and made you feel since it is a criminal offence in itself to systematically violate and break down the self-esteem of a closely related person.
The law on gross violation of integrity and gross violation of a woman’s integrity was introduced in 1998. Like many other crimes against the person, this crime is subject to public prosecution. This means that the police or prosecutors are obliged to investigate the crime when it becomes known to them, even if the victim does not want this.