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Dealing with Domestic Violence

In the Netherlands each 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.

  • The government wants to tackle and prevent domestic abuse. Measures include:
  • Public information campaigns to prevent violence
  • Stopping domestic violence and protecting victims
  • Recognising and reporting domestic violence
  • The municipality‚Äôs role in combating domestic violence
  • Help for municipalities: guidelines on preventing domestic violence
  • Veilig Thuis (Safe at Home): combating domestic violence and child abuse

Domestic exclusion order and sentencing for domestic violence

People who commit domestic violence can be issued with a 10-day domestic exclusion order. In this 10-day period, all the parties involved will receive help: the offender, the victim and any children affected. The Public Prosecution Service can also decide to prosecute offenders.

Domestic violence and child abuse protocol

A domestic violence and child abuse protocol helps professionals such as doctors, teachers and staff at young offender institutions to respond effectively to signs of violence. Since 1 July 2013 it is mandatory for professionals who suspect a case of domestic violence to consult and follow a special protocol.