Recidivism after domestic violence

Crime and delinquency / Homicide

Recidivism after domestic violence

Recidivism of perpetrators of domestic violence who were convicted between 2008 and 2013 (full text only available in Dutch)


In this report, we examine the recidivism of DV-perpetrators who were convicted between 2008 and 2013. This research is part of a five-year research program into recidivism among perpetrators of domestic violence and child abuse. In the present study, the research questions were:

  1. How many individuals are convicted annually for domestic violence?
  2. What are the characteristics (personal and criminal case characteristics) of domestic violence perpetrators and how do the characteristics of this group compare to the characteristics of the total group of convicted perpetrators?
  3. What is the recidivism rate for perpetrators of domestic violence: what percent-age of domestic violence perpetrators came back into contact with the criminal justice system within two years of their DV criminal case? How does the preva-lence of recidivism for this group compare to the prevalence of recidivism for the total group of convicted offenders? Three forms of recidivism are examined: general, violent, and domestic violence recidivism.
  4. Which personal characteristics are related to whether or not domestic violence perpetrators recidivate and how do these compare to those for the total group of convicted perpetrators?
  5. How do recidivism rates among domestic violence perpetrators develop over time, taking into account shifts in the background characteristics of perpetrators?

Publication data

Beijersbergen, K.A., Blokdijk, D., Weijters, G.
Place of publication:
The Hague
Year of publication:
Cahiers 2018-02

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