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Children growing up in a single-parent family have higher risk of criminal behaviour

Relatively many children in the Netherlands grow up in a single-parent family. Until now it was unclear what consequences this has for possible criminal behaviour of these children. To investigate this, Kroese started with a systematic literature review. She then collected anonymized information about all registered Dutch citizens using Microdata from Statistics Netherlands (CBS). The […]

Crossing borders: does it matter? Differences between sex traffickers, their victims and modus operandi

Sex trafficking is typically associated with cross-border sex trafficking, in which victims are recruited in one country and subsequently transported to, and sexually exploited in, another country (usually a country with a higher standard of living). However, sex trafficking also manifests itself more regionally in (near-)domestic sex trafficking, in which victims are recruited and exploited […]

Insider witnesses’ credibility and reliability: an empirical framework for international criminal justice

  International crimes cases, such as those of genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity, are of particular importance and gravity to societies affected by conflict and international community as a whole. At the same time, international criminal courts and tribunals (ICCTs) have faced increasing criticism regarding their fact-finding capabilities and practices, with several cases […]

Intervention in (inter)action: A video-based analysis of the role of third parties in interpersonal conflicts

  Imagine you are walking down a street and you see two men arguing. As you are walking by, the conflict escalates and before you know it, the two men are engaged in a physical fight. What would you do? And does it matter if you try to stop the fight? Systematically observing real-life fights […]

Contact with peers helps victims to reinvent themselves

Enduring a serious victimization experience can have a profound effect on the victims and their social surroundings. The impact and experience can differ enormously, but almost all victims have a need for sense-making. After all, an experience such as this can bring up complex emotions and questions. From previous research we know that social support […]

Former NSCR Director Gerben Bruinsma passed away

Veroni Eichelsheim appointed professor of Intergenerational continuity of deviant behaviour

This endowed chair, in the basic unit of Developmental Psychology, focuses on the intergenerational continuity of deviant behaviour: the extent to which parental behavior influences the chance that (one of the) children will display similar behaviour. Deviant behaviour refers to behaviour that deviates from accepted social norms, such as antisocial or criminal behaviour. Intervening in […]

NWO and NSCR condemn acts of war in Ukraine

NWO is considering appropriate measures in response to the Russian aggression. It is doing this in consultation with various Dutch bodies, such as the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science and other government departments. NWO is meanwhile itemising all ongoing cooperations and planned projects with Russian scientific institutions. NWO will examine how it can help people from […]

ICT students exhibit both positive and negative online behaviour

Up until now, much was unknown about the characteristics of young people committing cybercrimes. For example, no research existed on the extent to which both individual characteristics and social context factors are related to offending. The report Understanding cybercriminal behaviour among young people is based on a survey study among a large sample of 892 […]

It’s About Time: Spatio-temporal aspects of offender decision-making

According to crime pattern theory (Brantingham & Brantingham, 1981, 2008), offenders commit crime at those places where attractive crime opportunities overlap with their individual awareness spaces. These personal awareness spaces consist of offenders’ major routine activity nodes, such as home, school, work and recreational activities, and the travel paths that connect them. Previous research showed […]

Interview with director Beate Völker: ‘Crime is a wicked problem’

What is a highlight in your career so far, and what does this step to NSCR mean to you? ‘I have done many different things, was continuously excited by new questions and then felt the need to throw the windows wide open. The time that most inspired me and during which I learned more than […]

Beate Völker started as director of NSCR, Peter van der Laan is leaving

Peter van der Laan was appointed interim director of the NSCR in 2019. ‘In this role, he supervised a transformation of the institute in which the focus came to lie on four central research groups’, says Marcel Levi, chairman of the board of NWO-I. ‘In 2020, a fifth research group for evidence-based policing was added, […]