This arrangement, since its introduction in 1998, has been a much and vehemently debated matter. The questions raised are largely in the area of gender equality, such as, if the measure may hinder progress in achieving gender equality, since it is largely women who make use of this offer. The present Government (2005-2009) has decided to remove the arrangement gradually.
The Act relating to Municipal Crisis Centre Services (Crisis Centre Act) entered into force 1. January 2010. The purpose of the Crises Centre Act is to ensure the provision of a good, comprehensive crisis centre service for women, men and children who are subjected to domestic violence or threats of such violence. The municipality shall ensure the provision of a crisis centre service that may be used by persons who are subjected to domestic violence or threats of such violence, and who need counselling or safe, temporary accommodation. Individuals may contact the crisis centre service without a referral or an appointment.