Children and family

The right to decide over one’s own life

The use of violence is prohibited by law in Norway, including violence in the family, between a boyfriend and girlfriend, between people living together and between spouses.

The use of physical punishment in child rearing, genital mutilation and forcing another person to marry against their will are all considered acts of violence.

You can read more about violence in close relationships at


What is violence?

  • Violence is abuse of another person.
  • Violence is any act that inflicts injury, pain or fear on another person.
  • Violence can be physical or psychological.

Domestic violence means that the abuser and the victim are related to each other.

There are different types of residence permits that you may apply for if you have been subjected to physical violence or psychological violence. Contact the UDI or the police where you live to find out if you qualify for either of these types of residence permits.