Preventing violence and crime

Reducing violence in Finnish society is a national objective. The aim is to locate an effective national working model for violence prevention that comprises measures undertaken by several administrative sectors.


  • coordinates intimate partner and family violence prevention nationally
  • directs and oversees conciliation in matters concerning crime and disputes
  • is involved in preventing human trafficking and victim assistance
  • is involved in preventive work to combat violent radicalization

National Action Plan for the Prevention of Violent Radicalisation and Extremism (Institutional Repository for the Government Valto)

Strategic emphases and aims

The MSAH strategy for social and health policy and the government programme stress

  • improving combatting violence and developing victim support services
  • promoting the use of conciliation as a means of conflict solution in various matters concerning crimes and disputes
  • improve identification of violence directed at vulnerable groups, such as older people, immigrants, children or people with disabilities
  • improving the effectiveness of combatting violence and cross-border crime
  • strengthening prevention of crimes violating personal autonomy
  • reducing violent crime and violence among youth