Netherlands: Police will register ethnic descent for family violence cases

Starting January, Dutch police will run an experimental program in two districts, recording the parentage of offenders and victims of domestic violence. The program will be run for half a year and is intended to check whether there is more violence by non-ethnic Dutch. If deemed successful, it will be extended to the entire country.

Police currently record only the country of birth, and do not record whether it is a case of 2nd or 3rd generation immigrants.

According to Dutch law, a woman who comes to the Netherlands for marriage and is later abused can get a residence permit, divorce her husband and still stay in the Netherlands.

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