Denmark: Caseworker knifed to death

Denmark: Caseworker knifed to death

A 28 year old local of Somali background was arrested. He denies guilt. He was presumably there as a client. The weapon has not yet been found.

A study from 2007 showed that half of the members of the Danish Social Workers Union were subjected to violence last year. 26.5% said they suffered mental violence or threats. The last time a union member was killed was in 1991, when a social worker at the Frederiksberg municipality was killed by an Iranian. He was later sentenced to psychiatric treatment. (DA)


The 56-year-old woman caseworker who was knifed to death close to the Holstebro Job Center this morning was a recently-elected Social Democratic counsellor for Struer Council, according to the Struer Council Communications Consultant.

Birthe Christiansen died following multiple knife wounds she suffered at the hands of an attacker at around 8 a.m. near the Holstebro Job Centre.

In last November’s local elections she was elected as a counsellor in Struer and appointed to both the Culture and Leisure Committee and the Technical and Environment Committee.


Source: Politiken (English)

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