Data on violent crimes are based upon the Safety Monitor, a large-scale, annual survey commissioned by the Ministry of Security and Justice and Statistics Netherlandsand conducted among the population aged 15 years and older.
In the Safety Monitor, all survey participants aged 15 years and older were interviewed about the types of common crimethey had experienced, like violent behaviour, property crimes and vandalism.
Violent crimes include assault or physical abuse (beating or kicking) or using or threatening to use a pistol, knife, piece of wood, pair of scissors or other object.
Violent crimes can be classified into:
- Physical abuse;
- Threatening behaviour;
- Sexually motivated violence.