Data and statistics in Finland

Prevalence data and victim surveys

Adult victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence by sex in 2009 to 2018 based on Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on offences and coercive measures [e-publication]. ISSN=2342-9178. Domestic Violence And Intimate Partner Violence 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.3.2020]. Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rpk/2018/15/rpk_2018_15_2019-06-06_tie_001_en.html
  • There were 9,900 victims in domestic violence and intimate partner violence offences reported to the authorities in 2018.
  • It is 3.6 per cent more than in the previous year
  • About 20 per cent of the 9,900 reported incidents, around 1,500 people, had been victims more than once during 2018
  • Among adults, 76.5 per cent of victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence were women
  • 81.5 per cent of suspects were men
  • In case of male victims, the suspect was also male in one-third of cases.
  • In case of female victims, the suspect was also female in 4 per cent of cases.

Adult victims:

  • Of adult domestic violence and intimate partner violence victims, 76.5 per cent were women.
  • One-half of domestic violence and intimate partner violence offences directed at adults took place between married or cohabiting couples.

Underage victims:

  • Of all domestic violence victims, 24.4 per cent were minors
  • In 2,400 recorded cases of domestic violence and intimate partner violence in 2018 the victim was a minor (aged under 18)

Statistics on emergency calls and domestic violence crime reports

based on Poliisin tulostietojärjestelmä Polstat 2020. Perheväkivaltatehtävät. Personal communication, Vesa Leppänen, 21.1.2020

  • In 2018, emergency response centres received about 26,000 emergency calls in 2018 to homes because of domestic violence
  • In 2018, only about 5000 domestic violence crimes were filed

Statistics on national victim survey 2019

based on Danielsson, P. & Näsi, M. (2019) Suomalaiset väkivallan ja omaisuusrikosten kohteena 2018 – Kansallisen uhritutkimuksen tuloksia. Kriminologian ja oikeuspolitiikan instituutin katsauksia 35/2019.

Further information about data in Finland can be found here:

Danielsson, P. & Näsi, M. (2019) Suomalaiset väkivallan ja omaisuusrikosten kohteena 2018 – Kansallisen uhritutkimuksen tuloksia. Kriminologian ja oikeuspolitiikan instituutin katsauksia 35/2019

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on offences and coercive measures


Age distribution of domestic violence

Victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence by persons suspected age 2018

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Statistics on offences and coercive measures [e-publication]. ISSN=2342-9178. Domestic Violence And Intimate Partner Violence 2018, Appendix table 1. Victims of domestic violence and intimate partner violence by persons suspected age 2017 and 2018. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 24.4.2020]. Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/rpk/2018/15/rpk_2018_15_2019-06-06_tau_001_en.html