Five years, 750 anti-gay violent crimes
For the first time police published a report, "Anti gay violence in the Netherlands," showing an average of 3 anti gay violence reports a week, nationwide.
The report evaluated anti gay violence incidents between January 1, 2009 until September 2013.
About 60 percent of the incidents are from Amsterdam, but that can be explained by the fact that Amsterdam police make an effort to register violent crimes against homosexuals, bisexuals and transsexuals. The report does not show an increase or decrease of gay-related violence, and the ratio is even lower than the number of ethnic based racism crimes, according to Wietse van der Schaaf, spokesperson for "Analysis and Research" of the national police.
The report doesn't just gather numbers, but also keeps track of the geographical areas, the type of crimes, victim analysis, and suspect profiling. The researchers want to draw a complete picture, well aware of the fact there may be many more incidents of anti gay violence that are not reported, according to Van der Schaaf. 'We lack national uniformity. Maybe we should follow Amsterdam's example, where they accurately keep track of anti gay violence.'
Some victims decide against filing a report with the police altogether. 'This can impact victim services,' said Van der Schaaf, who goes on to say: 'the decision not to file a report may give a distorted image of the real problem, making it necessary to keep reporting this type of crime.'