Support and advice for women

Any woman who has suffered domestic violence (mental and/or physical) may at any time seek refuge at the Women’s Shelter (Kvennaathvarfið) for herself and her children. Both the Women’s Shelter and Women’s Counselling (Kvennaráðgjöfin), as well as various other bodies, provide advice over the phone and other support.The We can help emergency card is intended for women in domestic relationships who are victims of violence and need help. The information on the card, which is the size of a business card, is in five languages: Icelandic, English, Polish, Russian and Thai. The card is entitled ‘We can help’ and gives the telephone numbers for the emergency services, the Women’s Shelter, Stígamót, the Rape Emergency Unit and the Icelandic Red Cross Helpline. The card can be obtained throughout the country – at healthcare centres, municipal social services, social centres, swimming baths, libraries and regional disability offices.

A digital emergency card can be obtained here

The Women’s Shelter

Tel.: (+354) 561-1205

Freephone: 800-6205

The Women’s Shelter is for women and children who have suffered domestic violence. Staff speak both Icelandic and English. If you don’t speak either Icelandic or English, the Women’s Shelter will bring in an interpreter for your language free of charge.

Women’s Counselling

Túngata 14 101 Reykjavik

Tel.: (+354) 552-1500

Women’s Counselling offers free social and legal advice for women on Tuesdays 8-10pm and on Thursdays 2-4pm.


Hverfisgata 115 105 Reykjavik

Tel.: (+354) 562-6868, weekdays 9am-7pm.

Freephone: 800-6868


Stígamót provides the victims of sexual abuse with advice and support. Interviews and self-help groups are also offered. Victims are also given information on their legal rights.

Aflið – Stígamót’s partner organisation in Akureyri

Tel.: (+354) 461-5959
Phone consultations are on Wednesdays 5-7pm.

Sólstafir – Stígamót’s partner organisation in the Westfjords
Tel.: (+354) 846-8846