In March, a woman accompanied by a support person from the Uppsala women’s shelter went to the police station to file a report. However, they were turned away because the station had changed its opening hours. Previously, people could file reports during the station’s business hours, but that was no longer the case. Instead, the women’s shelter recommends reporting these crimes over the phone, though many victims prefer to meet with someone in person to discuss their experiences. SVT Nyheter Uppsala reached out to the police for comment.
The police report comes after a woman went to the police one day in March together with a support person from the Uppsala women’s shelter. Once there, the woman should not have been allowed to make a report because the opening hours have changed.
– Before, you could make a report on the spot during the police station’s opening hours, says Susann Stambolidou Tellebo.
According to the Uppsala women’s shelter, it is possible to report this type of crime over the phone, but the women who report the crimes feel more comfortable when they can meet a person and go through what happened.
SVT Nyheter Uppsala has contacted the police for a comment.