Sexual offence victims

Criminology and victimology / Willingness to report a crime

Sexual offence victims

An exploratory study on considerations regarding contact with the police and/or assistance (full text only available in Dutch)


This is an exploratory study on the factors and considerations that play a role for adult sexual offence victims in their decisions whether or not to notify the police after the incident, whether or not to report the offence, and the choice whether or not to seek assistance. Parallel to this study the National Rapporteur on Trafficking in Human Beings and Sexual Violence against Children is conducting a monitor on the flow of cases of sexual violence against children in the judicial chain.
The study focused on the following questions:

  1. What factors decide whether the victim contacts the police and/or seeks assistance?
  2. What are the needs of victims after a sexual offence and whom do they contact and when?
  3. Based on what considerations do victims decide whether or not to contact the police and/or assistance?
  4. How do they experience the process at the police station after the incident?



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Bertling, L., Mack, A., Vonk, H., Timmermans, M.
Regioplan Policy Research, WODC
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Regioplan Policy Research
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