Homicide in the Netherlands



In the Netherlands, on average, 223 persons per year die in a homicide (Lethal violence. homicide in the Netherlands 1992-2006, 2007). This chapter provides an overview of all 3,771 homicide cases that occurred in the period 1992–2009, by outlining the epidemiology of homicide and by describing the types of homicide and the characteristics of those involved. In doing so, a distinction is made between domestic homicides, homicides in the context of an argument, criminal homicides, robbery homicides, and sexual homicides. In addition, this contribution offers several explanations specific to the Netherlands for the recent decline in the rate of lethal violence (e.g., population size, societal distribution, the use of firearms, unemployment rate, substance use, and detention policy). Finally, it presents an insight into policies and the general punishment of homicide in the Netherlands.


Homicide Rate Social Disorganization Homicide Case Homicide Victim Intimate Partner Homicide 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Criminology and Criminal LawLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Department of Criminal Law and CriminologyLeiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

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