More murder and manslaughter victims in 2017

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In 2017, there were 158 victims of murder or manslaughter in the Netherlands, 50 more than in 2016. This indicates the end of a five-year decline in the number of murder and manslaughter victims, according to new figures released by Statistics Netherlands (CBS).

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The number of male murder and manslaughter victims rose from 76 in 2016 to 112 in 2017, the number of female victims from 32 to 46. Homicide mortality was up in nearly all age categories with the percentage increase sharpest in the age category 10 to 19 years. Twenty-six out of the 158 victims were not residing in the Netherlands at the time of death. In 2016, there were 14 non-residents among the 108 victims.

Murder and manslaughter victims in the Netherlands*
 MenWomenTotal
199617169240
199717067237
199815850208
199916862230
200015370223
200117886264
200215965224
200315988247
200416459223
200513067197
200610356159
200711351164
200812650176
200912649175
201010157158
201111154165
201210453157
20138958147
201411331144
20157743120
20167434108
201711246158
* 2017 provisional figures

4 in 10 female victims killed by (ex-)partner

In 9 out of 10 cases of homicide among the 46 women who were killed in 2017, the police had identified a suspect or an offender. The alleged offender was the partner or ex-partner of the victim in 39 percent of these cases. In 7 percent of the cases, there was no connection between the offender and the victim.
In three-quarters of the 112 male homicide cases in 2017, a suspect was identified. The (alleged) offender was a fellow member of a criminal network in 1 out of 5 cases. No connection between the victim and the offender was found in 15 percent of male homicide cases.
In 12 out of the 29 cases without any suspect or offender last year, the authorities were able to deduce that the killings were committed by a fellow member of a criminal network. When these are added to the 21 homicides which were allegedly committed by a fellow criminal, this gives a total of 33 (29 percent) crime-related homicide victims. This was 27 percent in 2016.

Victims' connection with suspect/offender, 2017* (%)
 Criminal network crime(ex-)PartnerAcquaintance/friendParent/childOther relativeOther/unknown connectionNo connectionNo known suspect
Mannen2151935131729
Vrouwen018654436
* Provisional figures

Fewer victims in Amsterdam, more in Rotterdam

In the capital of Amsterdam, homicide mortality declined from 24 victims in 2016 to 16 in 2017. The number of murder and manslaughter victims rose from 8 to 14 in the city of Rotterdam.
In the period 2013–2017, the capital city had an annual average of 2.3 murder and manslaughter victims per 100 thousand inhabitants. The average rate was 1.9 per 100 thousand inhabitants in Rotterdam. This is more than double the national average (0.8).

Murder and manslaughter victims in the three largest municipalities*
 AmsterdamRotterdamThe Hague
1996423413
1997402218
1998382016
1999223319
2000441913
2001334126
2002243413
2003392416
2004272114
2005322514
200617137
2007322110
200817189
2009331713
201015157
201117128
2012181312
201321193
20142375
201513127
20162485
201716147
* 2017 provisional figures