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The campaign Jealousy is not romantic (Sw. Svartsjuka är inte romantiskt) is for you as a young person. This website is here for you who are a victim of violence in a relationship, worried for a friend, exposing someone else to violence or simply wish to know more about boys’ violence against girls and youth intimate partner violence.
Youth intimate partner violence is when a young person uses violence against their girlfriend, boyfriend, or partner. Violence can be many different things and be perpetrated in different types of relationships. It can for example be someone you are dating, having a sexual relationship with, are involved with, or previously have had a relationship with. The violence can be physical, psychological, sexual, or digital. On this website, you can read more about violence and get tips on where to turn if you need support and help. Violence is never okay and is often a criminal act. You are entitled to support and help no matter where you live!
We often talk about jealousy as something romantic, but there is nothing romantic about jealousy when it means control and violence. The idea is that the more you know about the problem, the easier it is to reflect on and talk about. The campaign shall also increase awareness among adults so that you as a young person will have the support and help you need. Information and support materials on violence is available to those of you who work with young people.
In The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention’s (Brå) report Brott i nära relationer bland unga (PDF) (Domestic abuse in young people’s relationships), 23 percent of girls and young women (ages 16-24) stated that they at some point had been victims to violence, compared with 14 percent of boys and young men. Other circumstances in life that may affect exposure to violence is to be a young LGBTQ person, young with disabilities, or young and exposed to honour-related violence and oppression. Boys use violence in intimate relationship to a greater extent than others, but people of all genders may both be exposed to and expose others to violence. Violence is perpetrated in both heterosexual and LGBTQ relationships, which is why we talk about boys’ violence against girls and youth intimate partner violence. We use the word ‘partner’ on these pages, but the examples may also apply to someone who the person is not involved with but dating, have a sexual relationship with or was previously involved with.
The campaign is a collaboration between the Swedish Gender Equality Agency, the Swedish Police Authority, the County Administrative Boards, and ungarelationer.se.