Women and children kept in cells

18th July 2007, Comments 0 comments

18 July 2007, AMSTERDAM – Women and children in danger are sometimes forced to spend the night in police cells because women's shelters are full. The AD reported this on Wednesday. The Public Health Ministry and the police have confirmed the report.

18 July 2007

AMSTERDAM – Women and children in danger are sometimes forced to spend the night in police cells because women's shelters are full. The AD reported this on Wednesday. The Public Health Ministry and the police have confirmed the report.

The Federation of Shelters, which is in charge of the women's shelters, thinks this is unacceptable. "This is madness," says director Ineke Smidt. "We have a chronic shortage of places in safe houses and in cases of severe threats it is the victims who end up in cells rather than the perpetrators."

The police say that it is particularly difficult to put the perpetrators behind bars when women are threatened with honour killing or human trafficking. It would be practically impossible legally to arrest a whole family, a police spokesperson pointed out.

"A cell is not a pleasant place and is certainly traumatic for children," says a police spokesperson. "But if there is nowhere else for them to go, we open the door to them."

[Copyright Expatica News 2007]

Subject: Dutch news

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