Children and family

Violence in close relationships

The use of violence is prohibited by law in Norway, including violence in the family, between a boyfriend and girlfriend, between people living together and between spouses.

The use of physical punishment in child rearing, genital mutilation and forcing another person to marry against their will are all considered acts of violence.

You can read more about violence in close relationships at


What is violence?

  • Violence is an assault against another person.
  • Violence is all acts that cause another person harm, pain or fear.
  • Violence can be both physical and psychological.

Violence in close relationships means that the assailant and the victim are related, friends or that they mean a lot to each other.