For you with employment

Employers

In Sweden, all employers have a responsibility according to the Work Environment Act to do everything necessary to prevent the employee from being subjected to illness or accidents. Both worrying about being victimised and actually being subjected to threats and hatred at work entail a mental strain that negatively affects the working environment. The employer must be aware of this and prevent it as well as possible. 

If you as an employee feel that you do not get what you are entitled to, you can turn to the safety delegate at your workplace.

Responsible for the working environment

The working environment efforts include the employer regularly assessing risks and addressing risks that have been identified. An action plan should be in place for the work environment efforts which describes what is to be done, who is to do it and when it should be finished. The employer is also obliged to have a plan for first aid and crisis support. At some workplaces, there are also security coordinators to report to.

Check with your employer which procedures are in place and what should be done if you are a victim of crime at work.

 

Occupational health services

Some workplaces engage occupational health services to which employees can turn if they are not feeling well and believe that the workplace is the cause. If your workplace is tied to occupational health services, you can in some cases turn directly to them, otherwise you should talk with your manager first. If necessary, the occupational health services can send a referral to the regular healthcare services.

Trade union

If you are a member of a trade union, you can investigate if they can offer support in addition to legal advice. If the trade union does not offer support, they should be able to refer you further.

Healthcare

There is help available in the healthcare services. In case of an emergency, call 112. If it is not an emergency, you can contact your healthcare centre or call 1177 to get help with where you can seek care. You can turn to the healthcare services if you have physical or mental issues. If you are young, you can also contact your local youth guidance centre.

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Non-profit organisations

There are several non-profit organisations that you can turn to for help and support. You can do so regardless of whether you have filed a police report or not. It is free of charge and volunteers who work in such organisations usually have an obligation of confidentiality. Non-profit organisations can offer help and support via e-mail, chat, phone and visits.

You can contact a non-profit organisation for conversational support or for practical help, such as help in filling out a form. You can also turn to a non-profit organisation if you want a support person who accompanies you to an interview with the police and during a trial in court. If you are going to be involved in a trial, you can also get help from volunteers who work at the district court and are called witness support. It is most often the local victim support centres that are responsible for the witness support.

Victim Support Sweden has trained those active in their national call centre and in the local groups to particularly be able to provide support to people subjected to threats and hatred when they participate in the democratic discourse.

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