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European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research

, Volume 6, Issue 1, pp 7-35

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Domestic violence: A national study of the nature, size and effects of domestic violence in the Netherlands

  • Tom van DijkAffiliated withSocial Scientific Research Department, Intomart, Intomart
  • , Sander FlightAffiliated withSocial Scientific Research Department, Intomart, Intomart
  • , Erik OppenhuisAffiliated withSocial Scientific Research Department, Intomart, Intomart
  • , Brig DuesmannAffiliated withSocial Scientific Research Department, Intomart, Intomart

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Abstract

This article reports on a large-scale nation-wide study conducted by Intomart among 1,000 randomly selected Dutch adults (male and female) about their experiences with domestic violence. An important goal of the survey was to generate general information on domestic violence. It turns out that nearly half of the Dutch population (45%) has at one time been a victim of some form of non-incidental domestic violence. It was also demonstrated that both men and women become victims of domestic violence, and the high percentages of victimization during childhood are particularly striking. Furthermore, it turned out that domestic violence often involves a combination of physical, mental and sexual forms of violence.

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