One in five young people between the ages of 16 and 24 experienced domestic violence in the period from March 2019 to April 2020. This is apparent from an analysis published on Tuesday by Statistics Netherlands based on the Domestic Violence and Sexual Violence Prevalence Monitor. About 12 percent involved structural violence that took place on a monthly, weekly or daily basis.
The data show that domestic violence is most common. Twelve percent of young people between the ages of 16 and 24 had been victims of some form of physical violence in the previous year. In addition, one in ten young people say they have to deal with coercive control, a structural form of domestic violence in which one person strongly dominates the other.
Women are more often victims of domestic violence than men. In particular, they are more likely to experience sexual violence: five percent against one percent. Stalking by the ex-partner is also more common among women: about seven percent of the women and three percent of the men are involved. According to victims, men are more often perpetrators of physical violence. Nearly half of that group, 45 percent, indicated that a man was the perpetrator, compared to 24 percent the woman. Also, coercive control is more often exercised by men than women: 35 to 28 percent, while 26 percent of victims of both sexes are orphans.