From this month, victims of domestic violence can use the code word "mask 19", or "masker 19" in Dutch, to ask for help at pharmacies. The pharmacist will say the mask is out of stock, but to leave a number and address so that the mask can be delivered. Instead, the pharmacy will alert the authorities or aid agencies that someone at that address needs help, NRC reports.
The Dutch government has launched a nationwide campaign in an attempt to address the prevalence of domestic violence, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic response when more people are spending more time at home, two government ministries jointly announced on Saturday.
Social distancing measures in place to curb the spread of coronavirus Covid-19 are making the victims of domestic violence increasingly invisible, aid workers said to NRC. With the schools closed and everyone at home, police and teachers can't spot signs of abuse. Social workers can't visit vulnerable families at home. And victims have less opportunity to call for help with the perpetrator at home all the time, they said.
The government of Sint Maarten temporarily banned the sale and purchase of alcohol while the island is in lockdown to curb the spread of the coronavirus. This measure follows reports that incidents of domestic violence on the island was increasing under lockdown, local newspaper The Daily Herald reports.
The sudden change to structure and stress brought on by coronavirus Covid-19 and the measures taken to curb its spread may be leading to more domestic violence in the Netherlands. Both the National Psychotrauma Center at UMC Utrecht and children's hotline Kindertelefoon noticed a sharp increase in calls.
A man stabbed a police officer at a home in Drachten on Sunday night. The suspect was shot by the police. Both police officer and suspect were taken to hospital for treatment, the Friesland police said on Twitter.
The police responded to the home on Nachtegaalstraat after a report of domestic violence. At the home, the man attacked the police officer with a knife. The officer sustained minor injuries, the suspect was seriously hurt, a police spokesperson said to NOS.
One person was killed, and another was taken into custody in an apparent shooting in home on Vredeoordlaan in Leersum, Utrecht, authorities said. Police and ambulances were dispatched to the scene at about 12:40 p.m. on Tuesday, and a trauma team was dispatched by helicopter soon after.
Two children who ran from a home after the shooting were being cared for, according to newspaper AD. Family members there cried out "Does anyone know if he is alive? Is he still alive?" when they ran under the police tape to check on their loved one.
Over the past years, mayors in the Netherlands imposed too few restraining orders in cases of domestic violence. In only between 3 and 12 percent of police reports of this type of crime, a domestic violence restraining order is issued, according to researchers from the Verwey-Jonker Institute who looked into the use of domestic violence restraining orders in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Utrecht and The Hague, RTL Nieuws reports.
The Dutch ex-husband of a woman was arrested after confessing to causing her death in Indonesia, police in the Banyuwangi Regency of East Java said at a press conference. Hendrik T., 56, was taken into custody for the strangulation death of 41-year-old Nur Hofiani at his home.
He allegedly wrapped a USB cable around Hofiani's neck when she was snoring loudly and ignored his efforts to wake her up. He yanked on the cord when she continued to snore, and died. The two had a child together before they divorced in 2016, the Telegraaf reported.
A stabbing in an Amsterdam Noord apartment left one woman dead, police said. A suspect was arrested shortly after the Thursday morning incident, which police said was possibly a domestic violence case.
“A female victim was so badly wounded in the incident that she died [at the scene] from her injuries,” police said. Emergency services were dispatched to a home at Waterlandplein for a reported knifing at about 9:10 a.m., including police two ambulances, and a trauma team in a helicopter.
Over 700 thousand Dutch adults faced domestic violence at least once over the past five years. And more than 100 thousand children in the Netherlands are abused each year, according to an extensive and long term study by scientific research and documentation center WODC, the Volkskrant reports.
The early results of an investigation into the severity of domestic violence in the Netherlands showed that incidents are repeated in the same families far more frequently than previously thought. The Verwey-Jonker Instituut announced the results in conjunction with domestic violence hotline provider Veilig Thuis.
They are looking into the behavior of about 1,200 parents and 1,550 children.
A 25-year-old woman was found killed in an apartment on Goudbaard in Bergen op Zoom during the early hours of Saturday morning. Her 4-year-old son was found crying next to her. A 24-year-old man turned himself in at a police station in the Noord-Brabant city on Sunday, BN De Stem and RTL Nieuws report.
The bodies of two children, a man and a woman were found after a fire in a home in Papendrecht on Saturday morning. Traces of violence were found on the bodies. "They may not have died in the fire", the Public Prosecutor said in a press conference in Papendrecht on Saturday afternoon, NU.nl reports.
The house fire was reported to emergency services at around 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. Firefighters found the bodies after breaking down the door. Attempts to resuscitate them were to no avail.
On Saturday night the police arrested a 30-year-old man from Capelle aan den IJssel for assaulting his ex-wife. The suspect was very aggressive and was placed in an isolation cell, where he took a bite out of the cell's padded wall, the police said in a statement.
Police officers responded to the victim's home around 8:00 p.m. on Saturday night, after she called for help. At the home in the Middelwatering neighborhood of Capelle aan den IJssel, the officers found the woman covered in bruises. Her young child was with her.
The Public Prosecutor demanded 18 months in prison against a 32-year-old man from Arnhem accused of abusing and humiliating his girlfriend. He forced the severely bruised and practically naked woman to stand on a Hoogeveen street with a sign reading 'whore' around her neck, was revealed in court on Tuesday, NOS reports.
The incident happened in July 2014, in front of the woman's apartment building in Hoogeveen. The woman was wearing only her panties. A neighbor called the police after spotting the bruised and shaking woman.
PvdA parliamentarian Kirsten van den Hul wants hairdressers and beauticians to help identify domestic violence. Employees in these industries must learn how to identify and deal with signs of domestic abuse as part of her training, Van den Hul, herself a victim of domestic violence, said in a proposal she will present to Prime Minister on Thursday - International Women's Day, AD reports.
The Netherlands is too slow in acting against domestic violence, according to mayor Pauline Krikke of The Hague. "Nationwide there are 50 deaths per year due to domestic violence. In every classroom in the Netherlands there is at least one child that has to deal with child abuse or relational violence between parents", she said to the Volkskrant.
A 14-year-old boy from Afghanistan who is thought to be responsible for nearly stabbing his mother to death at the end of September, is now suspected of doing so because she wanted a divorce. The incident took place on September 29 just after 2 p.m. at the family's home in Den Bosch.
The woman, 35 when the stabbing took place, was given first aid by neighbors before paramedics transported her to a hospital with serious injuries, a police incident report stated. Police took the teen, who was 13 at the time, into custody while conducting their investigation.
Camile Eurlings is stepping down as Dutch Member of the International Olympics Committee. The former cabinet minister and ex-CEO of KLM is leaving the IOC because of allegations that he assaulted his ex-girlfriend in 2015.
He made his decision public with an announcement on Friday afternoon, according multiple publications.
After keeping quiet for 2.5 years about allegations that he abused his ex girlfriend, Dutch IOC member Camiel Eurlings finally addressed the incident in an interview with NRC. He denied the stories of domestic abuse reported in the media, but admitted that he and his ex-girlfriend had a "scuffle".
Camiel Eurlings will make a statement about allegations of him abusing his girlfriend in 2015 at the explicit request of Dutch Olympic committee NOC*NSF. The committee, of which Eurlings is a board member, wants him to make a "public confession", NU.nl reports.
The NOC*NSF hopes that this will help restore calm. "He is still damaging the sport", an anonymous board member said to the Volkskrant. Another board member added that calm can not be restored without effort. "And we are after all the face of Dutch sport. It is up to us to do something."
A stabbing incident in Maastricht that left two people dead on Thursday night, may have been an act of revenge, the Telegraaf reports. According to the newspaper, the male victim was known to abuse his wife and children for years and police responded to the home several times. A 37-year-old Syrian man was arrested, according to the newspaper.
A 47-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were injured in a stabbing incident in the Noord-Brabant town of Sint Willerbrord on Sunday afternoon. The police know who the perpetrator is, but he hasn't been arrested yet, the police said in a statement on Monday.
According to the police, the stabbing is the result of a domestic violence incident that escalated. The perpetrator was beating the woman, and the 47-year-old man tried to intervene. Both the man and the woman were injured. This happened on Boterbloemstraat around 12:30 p.m.