Domestic violence

Domestic violence is the most extensive form of violence in our society. Typically perpetrators and victims are closely related. Domestic violence includes physical abuse, sexual abuse and psychological abuse. To effectively combat it, the chain of professionals in care, shelter, police and judicial authorities need to work together in close cooperation with victims, perpetrators and their families and close environment.


Family violence of adolescents and young adults against their parents
Little is known about family violence by adolescents and young adults aimed at their parents in the Netherlands. Movisie and TNO conducted an exploratory study, to gather knowledge on character and prevalence, and to present leads for prevention and support. The English summary contains the major findings, conclusions and recommendations.

Toolkit against violence
Combating Honor Related Violence, Forced Marriages and Abandonment
The Toolkit against violence has been developed by Movisie for organizations that are committed to tackling honour related violence, forced marriages and abandonment. This Toolkit was especially developed for grass roots organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in Europe that are addressing honour related violence, forced marriage and abandonment.

You can download our factsheet on Domestic and Sexual violence.

Some of our projects

Restraining Order
January 2009 the Netherlands enacted a new law that allows temporary restraining orders to be imposed on alleged perpetrators of domestic violence in cases of acute danger to the victim and any children involved. This type of restraining order applies for ten days and can be extended to a maximum of 28 days. It is issued by the mayor. Immediately after the issue of the restraining order, the perpetrator, the victim and any children receive professional help. In the context of this new legislation, Movisie supports the implementation process by providing guidance to the federal government, municipalities and NGO’s involved.

National Partnership - Combating Sexual Violence
Combating sexual violence in the Netherlands can be improved and can be made more effective.
The collaborative chain approach - where local authorities, police, public prosecutioner and healthcare work together – still falls short in regard to capacity and quality. Specific groups, such as victims and perpetrators with a handicap, male victims and victims from migrant groups, are still insufficiently taken into account. The aim of this Partnership is to improve the prevention and tackling of sexual violence through collaboration. Focus is on the exchange and integration of knowledge and experience by national stakeholders and expertise centers. Moreover to collectively address bottlenecks.
The Partnership is an initiative of Movisie, Rutgers Nisso Groep and Fiom. The initiators collaborate with the police, the justice department, child and youth care and welfare organizations.
The programme ran till 2011.

WE CAN End All Violence against Women
WE CAN is an international campaign to stop gender-based violence against women. WE CAN aims to achieve a collective and visible stand on and action against violence against women. Individuals and local, regional, and national alliances work together to end all violence against women. These are called ‘changemakers’ and are central in the campaign. After countries in South Asia, Africa and Latin America Movisielaunched this campaign in the Netherlands in March 2009.

Forced Marriage
Forced marriages are still common among several communities in the Netherlands. Young men and women alike are affected by it. It may be parents forcing them but there is also pressure from other family members in the Netherlands or from the country of origin. Apart from the (potential) victims, it affects professionals in educational, shelter and care institutions, policy makers and politicians.
Movisie participates in the EU Daphne project Active Against Forced Marriages and collaborates with several partners to combat forced marriage in the Netherlands, the EU and the global South.

Boys Information Group Shields
Shields is an information group consisting of nine boys who were raised in the Netherlands and who have roots in Morocco, Turkey, Iraq or Kuwait. They lead information and discussion meetings on topics such as honour, partner choice, virginity, the role of boys and girls in family cultures and honour related violence. The boys of Shields are familiar with the cultural aspects of honour and thus know that boys as perpetrators may get trapped by it. Shields is originally a Swedish method and is part of the Dutch information campaign ‘RespectEER’.


Contact us

Bert Groen, +31 (0)30 789 2096