The proposals described in this Fact Sheet are a summary of the Swedish government's Bill on legislative provisions and other measures to counteract violence against women. The Bill was submitted to Parliament in February, 1998. A decision by Parliament is expected in May, 1998. The intention is for the proposed legislative changes to enter into force on 1 July 1998. The prohibition on the purchase of sexual services is however proposed to enter into force on 1 January 1999.