The prevalence of domestic violence and child maltreatment in the Netherlands

The prevalence of domestic violence and child maltreatment in the Netherlands

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Summary

This report describes a prevalence study regarding domestic violence and child maltreatment in the Netherlands, and developments in these areas since the previous reports on domestic violence (Van der Veen & Bogaerts, 2010; Van Dijk et al., 2010; Van der Heijden & Van Gils, 2009) and on child maltreatment (Alink et al., 2011). The research comprised various studies and was conducted at the request of the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport and the Ministry of Justice and Security by a number of research teams, and coordinated by the Research and Documentation Centre (WODC). In addition to three preliminary studies, the entire research comprised five empirical studies. Two studies focused primarily on estimating the extent of domestic violence among adults (Van Eijkern et al., 2018; Van der Heijden et al., 2019), two studies on estimating the extent of child maltreatment (Schellingerhout & Ramakers, 2017; Alink et al., 2018), while one was an in-depth investigation of individuals committing partner violence and child maltreatment (Woicik et al., 2018).
This synthesis is strictly about the prevalence of domestic violence and child maltreatment.

The key question of this synthesis was as follows: What is the nature and extent of domestic violence and child maltreatment in the Netherlands, which developments have taken place in this regard, and to what degree does co-occurrence exist of both types of violence in families?

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Author(s):
Boom, A. ten, Wittebrood, K., Alink, L.R.A. (ass.), Cruyff, M.J.L.F. (ass.), Downes, R.E. (ass.), Eijkern, E.Y.M. van (ass.), Gils, G.H.C. van (ass.), Heijden, P.G.M. van der (ass.), Prevoo, M.J.L. (ass.), Ramakers, C.C. (ass.), Schellingerhout, R. (ass.), Snippe, J.M. (ass.), Veenstra, D.R. (ass.)
Organization(s):
WODC, Meer ruimte in je hoofd - Onderzoek en Coaching
Place of publication:
The Hague
Publisher:
WODC
Year of publication:
2019
Series:
Cahiers 2019-01

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