Sophie Mannerheim's Shelter
Sophie Mannerheim’s shelter offers protection for people who are being subjected to violence or to threat of violence. The shelter is managed by The Mannerheim League for Child Welfare’s (MLL) Helsinki association, a politically and religiously non-committed organisation.
The shelter offers 24h secure housing in cases where staying at home may feel too difficult or dangerous due to violence or the threat of it. You can either call or come to the shelter on your own or with children at any time, day or night. The shelter serves clients of all ages, also children under 18 years old. Sophie Mannerheim's shelter provides protection mainly for residents of the larger Metropolitan area, but one can seek for refuge also, if necessary, anywhere from Finland.
The 24h personnel at the shelter provides with mental and practical support in crisis, as well as help, guidance and counceling relating to domestic violence and safety in individuals’ close personal relationships. The shelter seven client rooms.
Do you need a safe place for your pet during your stay in the shelter? We have volunteers who are willing to offer a foster home for your pet while you are getting help from the shelter.
Violence in a relationship can include
- physical violence (pushing, slapping, restriction and/or prevention of movement, hitting, kicking, pulling ones hair, strangling, burning, throwing items, injuring with sharp weapons, in relation to children also pulling, rough treatment, shaking, hair-pulling, pinching)
- mental violence (threatening with violence, belitling, derogation, insulting, controlling, breaking items, isolating, intrusiveness)
- sexual violence (rape or its trial, forcing to sex or to pornography, denial of birth control, forcing to abortion, restriction of sexual self-determination)
- financial violence (hindering of independent use of money, forcing to give own money to someone else)
- cultural and religious violence (forcing to a religious conviction, forcing with violence and referring to religion or culture)
- persecution (obtrusiveness, spreading of false news, destruction of property, intimidation, stalking, stealing and misuse of information)
With respect to children, violence is also
- exposure to witnessing violence (seeing or hearing it, living in fear or exposing to the harmful consequences of violence)
- neglect of child's physical needs (proper caring, feeding, cleaning amd clothing, protecting and safeguarding the child, looking after his/her health and seeking health care when necessary)
- mental neglet of the child (parent's hateful or rejecting attitude, unresponsiveness to the child's needs, emotional coldness and distance to the child)
None of these the above mentioned are part of a good and healthy relationship or family-life. In most cases violence lasts for years and gets worse when it progresses. Violence is always about wrongfully controlling the other. Violence often includes harmful beliefs, such as placing the blame on the victim or allowing the victim to believe that he/she is somehow deserving of the violence committed towards them or has provoked the violator.
Violence in a relationship or family is always a crime. Get help in time!
The shelter helps you to:
- manage the crisis caused by violence
- secure the child
- stop the escalation of violence
- arrange an appointment to the doctor
- submit a crime report
- seek for restraining order
- arrange for housing
- a secure place to stay
- practical assistance, also when dealing outside the shelter and with the authorities
- mental support
- confidential discussion also by calling
0400 600 107
- 24 hrs -
00980 Helsinki (picture)
Metro stations: Puotila or Itäkeskus
Bus: Meripellontie 4222 station, lines 98, 95N, 802
Nollalinja (24h free call help line):
- 080 005 005
Social worker: 050 304 7347