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Do you recognise abuse?

Here are stories about people in various hard situations. It can often be difficult to distinguish between bad communication and abuse. Read the stories and answer what you think is abuse.

Katrín

Katrín had been single for a considerably long time when she met Siggi. He is very charming and upbeat. Katrín...

Friðrik

Friðrik once saw the passwords on Facebook and Instagram for Katla, his girlfriend. He sometimes logs in there without her...

Fjóla

After Fjóla’s child’s father suddenly left her and their three years old girl, Ásdís, she increasingly turned to...

The Red Cross Helpline Webchat (1717) is always open. The chat is confidential and anonymous. No matter is too big or small for the helpline.

Hulda

Hulda has been in a relationship with Elísa for almost one year. Hulda likes Elísa very much but doesn’t feel good enough. She has...

Linh

Linh is a thirty year old woman from Vietnam. She and Jón are married and have two children at preschool age. She found it hard...

María

María is a disabled woman who needs assistance with various activities in daily life. María lives in a supportive housing center where she feels...

Ólafur

Ólafur is a modest man in his eighties who lives in his own home. One of his grandchildren, Hrafnhildur, often helps him...

Áslaug

Áslaug is in a stormy relationship and is constantly setting new boundaries for her spouse’s preferable behavior but senses...

Andri

Andri was very happy when he swept right on the picture of Helga and found out that she was interested in him as well. They...

Lára

During the first months of the relationship Lára found it admirable and sexy how easy it was to talk to Þrándur about sex. But over time...

You can contact emergency services if you suspect that you or somebody you know are being abused.

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Haukur

Haukur recently started a relationship with Kalli who is considerably older than him. The relationship is new and exciting and Haukur is...

Kristjana

Kristjana is an artist and her husband Jói works at a bank. Jói offered to oversee their finances as it is his specialty. At first...

Huang-Kai

Huang-Kai was hired to work as a chef at a restaurant in Reykjavik. His supervisor provided him with housing nearby and promised ...

Bjarkarhlíð is a center for people who have experienced abuse. There you get all the support and counseling you need in one place. 

Bella

Bella enjoys taking care of the children but doesn't have the courage to say no when she is also made working as a servant ...

Miriam

Miriam was captivated and forced into prostitution in her home country. She is sent on a plane to Iceland with a forged ID after her hair was cut and ...
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Michael

Michael just moved to Iceland after getting a job and housing through his friend Fred. At first, the jobs were part-time ...