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Personal Safety

Even though Copenhagen is a safe city, crime does occur. We therefore urge you to pay attention and act with care as you would do in any other big city.

Precautions

Assaults often occur when people are intoxicated or agitated. It is important to keep one's head clear, and not lose one's temper. If possible, pull away from the situation. The following precautions may help to get you out of an uncomfortable or potentially violent situation:

  • Do not lose your temper and use a kind, but assertive voice
  • Apologise if you have been a part of the episode and avoid further discussion
  • Do not answer back
  • If there are others present, let them in on what is happening
  • Leave the place

Violent Incidences and Theft

Violent incidences are rare. However, if you have been exposed to physical violence or had your property stolen, you should contact the police immediately. The more details you are able to provide, the more the police have to work with in the effort to solve the crime.

Police contact details.

Remember that it is possible to bring another person to the station to report the crime. This person will be allowed to sit in on all questioning and can therefore be of great support. Please note that if you bring another person to report the crime this person will be bound to professional confidentiality.

You may also want to contact International Education & Grants or your faculty. The case will be a police matter but we will assist you in every way we possibly can.

Sexual Assault

It is very unlikely that you should be exposed to a sexual assault. However, in the event that this occurs, it is possible to receive both medical and psychological counselling at the local rape centre or hospital. It is very important to go to the nearest rape centre (or hospital) to be examined, if you have been subject to a sex crime. Do not clean yourself up/wash before going. Remember that it is not a shame, and not something you need to hide. It is not your fault, and it does help to talk about it.

Rigshospitalet has a Centre for Victims of Sexual Assault. The centre is open 24 hours a day. You do not need an appointment, but it may be a good idea to contact the centre before going there, so they know you are coming, and are able to give you advice on what to do and what to bring. Remember that the centre will help you irrespective of whether you want to report the assault to the police or not.

Centre for Victims of Sexual Assault
Entrance 5, 3rd floor, section 5032
Blegdamsvej 9 – also entrance from Juliane Maries Vej
DK-2100 Copenhagen East
www.rigshospitalet.dk