Background characteristics and recidivism among offenders of domestic violence convicted between 2008 and 2015

Criminology and victimology / Recidivism

Background characteristics and recidivism among offenders of domestic violence convicted between 2008 and 2015

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Summary

For the last 15 to 20 years, domestic violence (abbreviated DV) has been recognized as a major social problem and is high on the political agenda in the Netherlands. Various policy programs have tried to address this health and safety problem. The main goal of these programs is to reduce the extent and severity of domestic violence.
The authors have examined the background characteristics and recidivism of DV offenders convicted between 2008 and 2015. The current study is a follow-up of the recidivism study among all convicted DV offenders in the Netherlands between 2008 and 2013. The following research questions were answered:

  1. What are the background characteristics of convicted DV offenders and how do the characteristics of this group compare to the characteristics of the total group of convicted offenders?
  2. What is the recidivism rate among convicted DV offenders: What percentage of the DV offenders came back into contact with the criminal justice system within two years of their DV criminal case (prevalence of recidivism)? How does the prevalence of recidivism for this group compare to the prevalence of recidivism for the total group of convicted offenders?
  3. How do recidivism rates among convicted DV offenders develop over time, taking into account shifts in the background characteristics of offenders over time?

Publication data

Author(s):
Blokdijk, D., Beijersbergen, K.A., Weijters, G.
Organization(s):
WODC
Place of publication:
The Hague
Publisher:
WODC
Year of publication:
2019
Series:
Cahiers 2019-09

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