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What is the Support centre for Survivors of Incest and Sexual Abuse (SMISO)?

At a Support centre for Survivors of Incest and Sexual Abuse persons subjected to abuse receive support to work through their experiences. The centre is primarily a self-help service for adults who have been subjected to incest, sexual abuse or rape, and their relatives.

The centres provide a free service and function as a supplement to the public sector support system, and you do not need a referral in order to make contact.

The service comprises:

  • counselling by phone
  • individual counselling
  • participation in self-help groups
  • other thematic groups
  • courses

The services can vary from centre to centre. The centres are adapted in varying degrees to permit users to attend the centre for informal interaction with other users. There is also an option for users to take the initiative and organise various activities themselves. The centres are open to family members and others close to you, and some centres provide a service for children. The centres also carry out preventive work, such as educational and other information work.

At the centres you can meet others who have experienced sexual abuse. The staff who work at the centres have received relevant training and/or have experienced abuse themselves.

You can remain anonymous, i.e. you don’t have to give your name when you contact a centre. The staff have a duty of confidentiality and are therefore not allowed to share any information about you with others without you consenting to this, or if there is a risk to life and health. Other users of the centre are not allowed to discuss anything concerning your case with others. The centres can offer an interpreter, when necessary.

These days, all counties have at least one centre for survivors of incest and sexual abuse. The centres receive funding from central and local government.

There is also a 24-hour national telephone helpline for victims of incest and sexual abuse. This is operated by the Incest Centre in Vestfold county.


List of centres

See also National telephone number - 24-hour telephone helpline for victims of incest and sexual abuse and their relatives, call free on: 800 57 000