Criminal recidivism in domestic violence offenders

Criminal recidivism in domestic violence offenders

Relapse development and long-term effects of the Temporary Domestic Exclusion Order Act (full text only available in Dutch)


Domestic violence is a major social problem. Self-reporting surveys show that 45% of the Dutch population has been a victim of this offence. In 2013, the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC) started to monitor recidivism among domestic violence offenders. In the first wave the research focussed on persons who were prosecuted during the period between 2007 and 2009. For some years now, mayors may, if there are any incidents, place persons who are suspected of domestic violence out of home for a maximum of 28 days. This is done to prevent further escalation and to start offering assistance to the suspect and victim. Regioplan Agency conducted research into the effects of out-of-home placements within the framework of the Temporary Domestic Exclusion Order Act (see link at: More information).
This report discusses the results of a follow-up to the research conducted by Region Agency, but also gives an update of recidivism figures in the population of prosecuted domestic violence offenders. Regioplan applied a relatively short follow-up period and used police data in order to measure recidivism.

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Alberda, D.L., Boonmann, C., Wartna, B.S.J.
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Cahiers 2015-13

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