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Victimisation | Etiology, prevention, intervention and recovery

Becoming a victim of a crime can be a traumatic experience. Victimisation varies from theft of your bicycle so that you have to buy a new bicycle, theft of your data of which it is unclear what damage you will experience, or becoming a victim of stalking, sexual abuse or international crimes, of wich the consequences can be very far-reaching and ‘life-long’.

Some people are more likely to become a victim than others. How is this possible? Within this program we focus first of all on the prevention and etiology of victimisation, by mapping risk factors and protective factors for victimisation. We also map out the possible long-term consequences over the life-course and even over generations. Related to this we conduct research into prevention: what can be done with this knowledge to prevent (repeated) victimisation?

We also focus on interventions and recovery. We investigate what works to reduce the chance of long-term consequences or adverse consequences of victimisation. In addition, our research pays explicit attention to traditional and innovative forms of recovery. We investigate different forms of restitution and victims’ rights, we focus on the importance of recognition and we focus on different forms of compensation.

Within this research program we want to renew national and international research into victimisation in the coming years. We do this by examining victimisation and the consequences for society from different perspectives and disciplines, and by applying innovative methods. We work together with, among others, the Victim Support Fund (Fonds Slachtofferhulp) and Victim Support Netherlands (Slachtofferhulp Nederland), and with various institutions abroad such as Victim Support Europe and the Global Survivors Fund.

Program leader: Catrien Bijleveld

First Dutch Encyclopaedia Empirical Legal Studies

More and more often, legally relevant questions are answered in various areas of law, such as family law, liability law, law of evidence or (international) criminal law, using empirical research. Such empirical legal research focuses on the assumptions on which the law is based, the way in which that law functions in practice and the […]

Victim of online crime sees little use in reporting to the police

In particular, offenses aimed at ICT systems, such as malware, ransomware, hacking and DDoS attacks, are rarely reported to the police. The most frequently cited reasons people give are that they “solve it themselves” and that “the police will not do anything about it.” In half of the cases, victims who did report the crime […]

3 years after #MeToo: the benefits of online disclosure

The study Slachtoffers van seksueel geweld en seksueel grensoverschrijdend gedrag onder de radar (Victims of sexual violence and hidden, transgressive sexual behaviour) focuses on the motivations and expectations of victims when they share their experience of sexual violence and transgressive sexual behaviour publicly and online (online disclosure). The research also examined the responses from society and […]

NWO-Veni and two NWO-Vidi’s for NSCR researchers and fellows

Veni | Choosing the good side: factors that lead to non-criminal hacking Dr Marleen Weulen Kranenbarg | VU University Amsterdam | Fellow NSCR Cybercrime In contrast to criminal hackers, non-criminal hackers actively help in securing IT-systems. By examining lifecourse characteristics of non-criminal hackers, as well as situational and cultural factors, this study will show why […]

Victim rediscovers identity and sense of meaning through contact with fellow victims

Victims and survivors of a traumatic event often experience a loss of identity as a result of this. Part of their identity is rediscovered through interaction with fellow sufferers, state participants in peer groups. A weight also falls off their shoulders when they share experiences with others. They notice that somebody who has not experienced […]

Scientifically strengthen police research and practice

The research program is in line with the Strategic Research Agenda for the Police, and examines how police action works, in what circumstances those action work, for whom, and by whom it works. NSCR uses advanced scientific methods and the latest, current insights and theories, applied to the Dutch context. The program takes research into […]

Suspect with mild learning disability has difficulty obtaining the right care and re-offends

Lifelong Obstacles is the first life course study in the Netherlands into young people with an MLD who have been in trouble with the law in their youth. How do they get on in life ten years after completing a youth rehabilitation order? Legal documentation reveals that two-thirds of the study population (N=120) re-offends. The […]

New NSCR pillar: research into victims and victimization

What exactly is victimology? ‘Victimology is the research into victims and victimization. For example, with victims of a crime we investigate: what did you experience? What feelings do you have? What should be done for you? How do police and criminal law treat you? What do you expect from a criminal trial? How does the […]

Compensation scheme for victims of criminal offences

Compensating damage is an important aspect of providing justice to victims. It contributes to the compensation of material damage suffered and offers recognition for what the victim has been through. In legally complex cases, the victim is left bearing the costs The current system of compensation provisions, which has developed gradually over the years, proves […]