• About Kvindehjemmet

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

    Voldsudsat asiatisk kvinde står ved nogle buske med solen i ansigtet

A new beginning

Kvindehjemmet is Denmark’s largest women’s shelter, with room for 36 women and approximately 30 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

Since 2002, Birgit Søderberg has been the director of Kvindehjemmet. She has, among other things, managed the radical renovation and modernisation of the house that took place from 2006 to 2010. As the chairman of LOKK – National Organisation of Women’s shelters – from 2008 to 2016, Birgit Søderberg is also active in the political arena where women’s shelters are discussed. Birgit Søderberg has a Bachelor of Social Services degree from Roskilde University with postgraduate training in trauma treatment, supervision, systemic family therapy and management.

Forstander af Kvindehjemmet Birgit Søderberg

The board of directors

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

Jesper Lind Hansen, vice-chairman
Chartered accountant and former director. Has many years of experience with board and fund work.

Monica Thon, member of the board
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.

This post is also available in: Danish

Call UsLeave Site

You can call us 24/7

at phone number 35 81 98 45

Close

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Close