Government theme Domestic violenceEach year an estimated 200,000 to 300,000 people experience serious or repeated domestic violence. The government wants to stop domestic violence. Government-sponsored public information campaigns highlight this important topic and make it possible to talk about it. Domestic exclusion orders can be imposed on offenders to stop the violence.
Government theme Child abuseChild abuse is a serious problem in the Netherlands. Every year, an estimated 119,000 children suffer some form of child abuse. The Action Plan against Child Abuse (Kinderen Veilig) which the government presented on 28 November 2011 forms the basis for action to tackle this problem in the next five years.
Government theme honour-based violenceHonour-based violence is mental or physical violence committed to restore the honour of the family. For example, threatening or assaulting a girl for resisting forced marriage. The most extreme form of honour-based violence is honour killing. The Dutch government is taking steps to prevent honour-based violence, for example by training social workers to recognise it and by identifying and prosecuting those who commit this type of violence.
Government theme forced marriageForced marriage is when parents, family members or other people in the victim's community coerce a girl, boy, woman or man to enter into marriage. The government wants to prevent forced marriage and help the victims.