The Dutch government is implementing a number of law changes on January 1st. Below find a summary of changes made in the category Law, Safety and Defense.
From Friday the Dutch police will assess the vulnerability of each victim who reports a crime. This is to ensure that the victim does not fall victim to another crime and gets the help he or she needs, NOS reports.
Police officers will assess whether the victim is at risk of being threatened or if there is a chance of retaliation after the report is filed. Where necessary, the police and Public Prosecutor can then immediately take measures, like issuing restraining orders or protecting the victim in another way.
In the coming years the Dutch government, judges and criminal lawyers will take more measures to protect victims of crime and give them more rights, Minister Sander Dekker for Legal Protection announced on Thursday - the European day of the victim. One such measure is to oblige suspects of violent- or sex crimes to attend their trial and listen to the victims should they choose to speak, NOS reports.
A 13-year-old girl has gotten a large amount of attention Facebook after a video of her being beaten by bullies hit the website. The video shows two 14-year-old girls hitting the victim several times in the face and on the back of her head.
The police arrived at the scene of a shooting in Geleen on Thursday night only to find that not only the perpetrators, but also the victim had run off. Luckily the victim returned to the scene after visiting the hospital, according to the police.
A 71-year old Amsterdam man died on Thursday from injuries he received after wooden boarding crashed onto him during Tuesday's storm in the Netherlands. A strong gust of wind knocked over the boards at about 6:50 p.m. on Kalverstraat in Amsterdam, one of the city's most well-known shopping districts.
The "horror owl", that has been terrorizing Purmerend for weeks, has struck again. This time injuring a news paper deliverer.
Several victims of the "Dutch Bonnie and Clyde" criminal duo Antonio van der P. and Enise B. say they suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. The information was revealed during the third day of the pair's trial in court in Assen, NOS reports.
A cyclist was hit by a police car on Thursday night in Delft. The incident happened around 6:45 p.m. onJacoba van Beierenlaan, near Westlandseweg, Omroep West reports.
A 27-year old man shot and injured in an incident in Terneuzen, Zeeland will likely not be able to walk again, police said on Monday. The shooting took place on December 16th last year, and at least one gunman is still at large.
Dutch Foreign Affairs Minister Bert Koenders is examining whether the cease-fire agreement for Ukraine does include amnesty for the perpetrators of the MH17 disaster. While the MH17 disaster is not specifically mentioned in the accord signed on Thursday, Dutch parliamentarians are urgently seeking clarification of the agreement's text and assurance that it will be able to persecute the perpetrators, reported nos.nl.
Lawyers representing victims in a 2013 bus accident are suing Dutch GPS manufacturer TomTom NV, American rival Garmin International Inc. and their subsidiaries for more than 15 million dollars in damages. Thirty-five people from Pennsylvania, US were injured in the crash, when a charter bus rammed an overpass in Boston.
Two men found dead on Thursday afternoon in Rotterdam. The victims were found in a house on Bovenstraat, IJsselmonde. The incident was called in as a possible shooting, but the police only confirms the men to be victims of violence. Another man was found injured close by on Kasteelweg.
A tip from a civilian led police to the abandoned car of a man found dead on Saturday. Police suspect foul play in the incident, and had asked the public to be on the lookout for the deceased's auto.
Police in Eindhoven found a wounded man in the Hubertastraat who says he was stabbed by a man trying to sell him a bicycle, Omroep Brabant reports.
Facebook has become a public forum not only for socialization, but also for justice as the girlfriend of 22-year-old Sebastiaan ter Maaten has taken to the social media platform to find the people that beat Sebastiaan up.
The 46-year-old man who was shot in shopping center Herenhof in Alphen aan den Rijn was carrying a large knife. This was noticed by entrepreneur Martijn Haasbeek who was the first to attempt reanimation on the man, who was shot through the lung. His efforts were in vain.
A man was killed in Winterswijk, Gelderland, on Wednesday evening when three unidentified men broke into a home on the Groenloseweg. According to sources for RTL Nieuws, the victim was the resident of the home.
A fire at a garden house complex in Mijdrecht left one person dead Wednesday morning. The fire started at about 6 a.m. in the Kromme Mijdrecht garden chalet, and firefighters needed nearly 90 minutes to put out the flames.
A 54-year old man was found dead on a farm in Millingen aan de Rijn on Saturday morning. One of the farm's bulls killed the man.
Dutch rapper Jay Zakelijk (21) from Roermond is going to prison for multiple cases of human trafficking as well as sexual abuse.
A 74-year-old woman from The Hague was assaulted on the Lisztstraat in The Hague on Saturday January 25, when she was walking her dogs. Police arrested a 35-year-old suspect on the Louis Armstrongkade in The Hague the next day.
A criminal case involving human trafficking and domestic violence ‘failed’ because of a sexual relationship between the police detective and the victim during the case.
Prime Minister Mark Rutte helped a victim of a traffic accident in The Hague on Monday afternoon. The woman, who was cycling when she was hit by a truck, died later.