Police ascertain rise in domestic violence

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The police recorded a total of 63,131 incidents of domestic violence last year.

17 December 2007

THE HAGUE – The police recorded a total of 63,131 incidents of domestic violence last year. That is an increase of 10 percent in comparison to 2005. Almost two fifths of the incidents led to charges.

This can be gathered from a report Justice Minister Ernst Hirsch Ballin sent to Parliament on Monday. The minister and other departments recently started an investigation into the willingness of victims to press charges and what kind of help they need.

The ongoing investigation will also devote attention to the risk that perpetrators re-offend. The report presented on Monday indicates that one in three perpetrators becomes a repeat offender. The victim is usually a woman (85 percent of cases). More than half of cases of domestic violence take place in families with children. In a quarter of these incidents the children are witness to the violence.

[Copyright Expatica News + ANP 2007]

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