People in Sweden who commit at least one crime and suffer from a severe mental disorder can be sentenced to forensic psychiatric care. The aim of this study was to describe and gain a greater understanding of the female patients' experiences of their life situation while being cared for in forensic psychiatric care. Interviews with 15 women were conducted and analyzed with a phenomenological hermeneutical method. The results showed the care and the care environment to be dualistic. The women had to be aware that a close neighbor could also be an enemy. They received care in an environment that was unknown, frightening but at the same time a place where they felt secure, and which was predictable.