• About Kvindehjemmet

    Denmark’s largest women’s shelter in the heart of Copenhagen.

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A new beginning

Kvindehjemmet is Denmark’s largest women’s shelter, with 36 rooms for women and children. We offer help and protection to women and children who have been victims of violence or received threats of violence from people close to them. Kvindehjemmet is a privately-owned women’s shelter. Our work comes under Service Law § 109 and we accept women and children from all over the country.

This is what we are working for

To help women and children get over the impact of having lived with violence and to help them choose a life without violence for their future

To work to create a society free of violence against women and children. Violence is never acceptable, can never be justified and everyone has the right to a life without violence.

To have a social perspective on violence and to expose the underlying factors which are the conditions for male violence against women and children.

Approach and value basis

We think it is important to welcome women and children to a warm, accepting, confidence-inspiring atmosphere in a place with pleasant physical surroundings. Acceptance is a key word, and we try to always take a respectful and non-judgmental approach to women and children. Starting with a narrative approach, we work to overcome the effects of violence. We regard women and children as experts about their own lives. During their stay, we work to clarify and support the knowledge and skills they bring with them. The aim is, among other things, to reduce the feelings of guilt, shame and paralysis. Børnetræet is our special offer for children who have been exposed to violence or have been witnesses to violence.

The staff

There are social workers, pedagogues, support workers and a psychologist presently working at Kvindehjemmet. We also have a security team that makes sure that the house is always manned, day and night. The staff members who work directly with the women and children are persons who all have specialist knowledge about violence, crises and traumas. The social work part of Kvindehjemmet is managed by an assistant manager. There is also someone who works with analysis and communications, a secretary, a bookkeeper, a caretaker and two service workers. We also have a number of passionate volunteers working here.

The management of Kvindehjemmet

Katrine Nordbjærg is the head of Kvindehjemmet and in charge of our work supporting women and children to live free from violence.

Katrine Nordbjærg has previously worked in the social services department within the Municipality of Copenhagen (Socialforvaltningen). She has, among other things, worked with vulnerable women and she has broad-based leadership experience. Katrine Nordbjærg has an MA in Social Science from Roskilde University.

Katrine Nordbjærg has been employed since 2019.

Katrine Nordbjærg forstander Kvindehjemmet

Photo: Büro Jantzen

The board of directors

Dorthe Budtz, chairwoman
Lawyer with many years of experience from public positions.

Monica Thon, deputy chairman
Architect with knowledge of building processes and maintenance of buildings.

Pia Fris Laneth, member of the board
Cand. adm. pol. Journalist and author of several historical books on women, children, the welfare society and democracy.

Eline Levin, member of the board
Senior doctor at the Centre for Child and Youth Psychiatry, Region of Greater Copenhagen.

Henrik Nepper-Christensen, member of the board
Degree in political science and former head of department. Is also a member of the board of directors of the Danish Anti-stalking Centre, Cafe Exit and the Bird Protective Society Fund (Fugleværnsfonden).

Camilla Bredholt, member of the board
The founder of Doctors without Borders in Denmark and member of the board and jury in INDEX: Design to Improve Life.

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