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New Recommendation on Rights, Services and Support for Victims of Crime

Prepared by the European Committee on Crime Problems (CDPC), the Recommendation updates and replaces Recommendation Rec(2006)8 of the Committee of Ministers to member States on assistance to crime victims, which, at that time, proved a useful tool in furthering the issue of victims’ rights across Council of Europe member States. However, significant developments have occurred in […]

2 – 4 July | Conference Narrative Victimology and Criminology: Overlap, Distinctions and Complexities

Humans are storytelling animals, victims and offenders of crime no different than anyone else. Narrative criminology aims to explain crime and other types of harm as a function of stories that people, as individuals and as groups, tell about the world and themselves in the world. Narrative victimology seeks to do the same regarding people’s […]

OMCG membership increases criminal involvement, but steering role of clubs is limited

Since 2012, an integrated, multi-year approach exists in the Netherlands to prevent “norm violating behavior and undermining crime” among OMCG members [TK 2011-2012, 29 911, no. 59; TK 2011-2012, 29 911, no. 71]. According to the minister, this is not only about involvement in serious and organized crime, such as drug and arms trafficking, but […]

Fewer drug dealers present after Light-based interventions are installed in Red Light District

The Red-Light District is a world-famous neighborhood in Amsterdam that countless tourists visit each year to experience the pleasures it offers. Within the Red-Light District there is a high concentration of street dealers trying to sell illegal narcotics to these tourists. In recent years, there has been an increasing number of complaints from visitors, residents […]

Short prison sentences lead to more repeat crime

The study ‘Een oude vraag opnieuw onderzocht: effecten van korte gevangenisstraffen ten opzichte van niet-vrijheidsbenemende straffen op recidive op basis van een instrumentele variabele benadering‘, published in Tijdschrift voor Criminologie, is part of the Veni research of associate professor Hilde Wermink. She collaborated with (inter)national colleagues with different expertise in economics, criminology, criminal law and […]

Documenting human rights violations in Myanmar: the potential for truth-telling and accountability

The violation of human rights has been daily practice in Myanmar for decades. In many regions, such as the Kachin, Rakhine and Shan states, there is armed conflict, ongoing violence and abuse. The Rohingya crisis, which peaked in 2017 and led to many refugees, together with the military coup in February 2021, has further fueled […]

Crime Harm Index: promising method to gain insight into the seriousness of crime

Some crimes are more serious and therefore more harmful to society than other crimes. Therefore, analyzing raw crime counts does not always provide valuable insight into the nature of crime in a particular period or location. For that reason, science and (police) practice underline that when measuring crime it is important to take into account […]

30 Years Anniversary NSCR | 9 November 2022

NSCR Timeline Please confirm your presence by sending an email to lustrum@nscr.nl. Download the Invitation.  Program 12.45 Doors open 13.15 Welcome by Beate Völker Marcel Levi Edward Kleemans Wim Huisman Jan van Dijk Research pitches 1&2 14.35 Pause 15.05 Ineke Sybesma Research pitches 3&4 Kees van den Bos Research pitch 5 17.15 Drinks & Bites Practical […]

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 […]

3 November | Conference The Theory and Practice of Restorative Justice in Transitional Contexts: Lessons from Colombia and Other Experiences

Accountability for gross human rights violations and international crimes, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide, tend to be promoted at the international level as a retributive model of legal justice. For example, the International Criminal Court (ICC) is usually called on to intervene in numerous situations where a conflict took or is […]

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 […]

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 […]