Support and counselling for sexual abuse

Walk-in service for victims of sexual abuse is located in the Emergency Care (Bráðamóttaka) at the National Hospital in Fossvogur. It is open 24/7, and there is no cost for going there. You will get help, regardless of where you are from or where you live. It is a good idea to bring someone you trust with you.

There are nurses, psychologists, and doctors who work in the emergency room who provide you help with both physical and emotional wounds. There, you can also get assistance from a lawyer or legal rights protector. Physical evidence is collected for use if you choose to press charges. Even though it's hard, to increase the chances of finding criminal evidence, it's best to go to the emergency room as soon as possible, without washing yourself or your clothes.

The phone number at the emergency care is 5432000, and it is open 24/7. You can also contact them directly at 5432094 during daytime work hours. It is also possible to send an email to or contact the emergency room through the online chat on the hospital's website.


Healthcare professionals assess the need for interpreting services if an individual does not speak Icelandic or English or if they use sign language. You can request an interpreter when booking an appointment with your local healthcare centre or when visiting the hospital. Interpreting services can be provided by telephone or on-site. Read more about rights to interpretation.

Walk-in service for victims of sexual abuse is open 24 hours a day.

Examination at the Emergency Care for sexual assault

Before you go to the Emergency Care for Sexual Assault it can be good to know what to expect.

Tvær manneskju í blómakrónu. Önnur er leið. Hin er ánægð. Þær teygja sig í áttina að hvor annarri. Á myndinni lítur út eins og þær muni haldast í hendur mjög fljótlega.

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The police in Iceland help people who have suffered abuse of any kind. Police see abuse in close relationships as a very serious matter.


Stígamót helps people of all genders who have been sexually abused.

Bjarmahlíð in Akureyri

Bjarmahlíð is a center for people who have experienced abuse. There you get all the support and counseling you need in one place. All assistance is on your terms.

Sexual abuse

Sexual abuse is when someone touches you inappropriately or sexually or forces you to perform a sexual act against your will. Sexual harassment with words or action is also abuse.

Manneskja heldur fyrir augun. Hún snýr að okkur og mikið liðað hár sveiflast til hægri í vindinum.