Financial compensation for victims of sexual violence in childcare institutions and foster homes

From 18 July, victims of sexual abuse in a childcare institution or a foster home can submit an application for financial compensation for the harm suffered. The compensation is a part of an aid package offered by the government and Jeugdzorg Nederland to victims and their dependants. The Dutch Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund will substantively process the applications from Monday 2 September.

Two schemes

There are two schemes for the compensation of the harm suffered. These are intended for victims of sexual abuse in childcare institutions and foster homes in the period from 1 January 1945 up to and including 31 December 2012, who were minors at the time of the abuse.

The Temporary Scheme for Compensation of Sexual Abuse  is for victims who cannot or do not want to call anyone to account for the harm suffered. The accused person and institution or foster care organisation are kept entirely out of the picture in this scheme. The Compensation Fund only looks at the victimisation. The payment is determined on the basis of the nature and severity of the abuse and is compensation for the harm suffered by the victim.

In the Statute  for the settlement of civil claims of compensation for sexual abuse, the victim holds liable the institution or foster care organisation where the abuse took place. A representative of the institution or foster care organisation and possibly also the accused himself or herself also play a role in this scheme. They too can tell their story at a hearing. Certain dependants of the victim can also invoke the Statute.

The victim can select which scheme he or she wants to call upon. The difference between the two schemes mainly consists of the burden of proof, the role of the accused, and the height of the amounts.

Submitting an application
From 18 July, victims can submit an application for financial compensation. This can be done by completing an application form and sending it to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. The application forms can be found on the website of the Compensation Fund,
www.schadefonds.nl Victims can submit their application up to and including 31 December 2015. The Compensation Fund will substantively process the applications from Monday 2 September.

Assistance
More information about the schemes and the application can be found at
www.schadefonds.nl. Victims can also contact the Sexual Abuse Help Line (Hulplijn Seksueel Misbruik), which can put them in touch with a staff member of Victim Support Netherlands (Slachtofferhulp Nederland). From Monday 2 September, staff members of Victim Support Netherlands will provide assistance in selecting the scheme for which to apply as well as support for completing the application form. Victim Support Netherlands can also guide victims to suitable support such as contact with fellow victims and specialised aid. The Help Line can be reached via
0900 9999 001 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., local rate),
www.hulplijnseksueelmisbruik.nl

Submitting an application

From 18 July, victims can submit an application for financial compensation. This can be done by completing an application form and sending it to the Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund. The application forms can be found on the website of the Compensation Fund, www.schadefonds.nl Victims can submit their application up to and including 31 December 2015. The Compensation Fund will substantively process the applications from Monday 2 September.

Assistance

More information about the schemes and the application can be found at www.schadefonds.nl. Victims can also contact the Sexual Abuse Help Line (Hulplijn Seksueel Misbruik), which can put them in touch with a staff member of Victim Support Netherlands (Slachtofferhulp Nederland). From Monday 2 September, staff members of Victim Support Netherlands will provide assistance in selecting the scheme for which to apply as well as support for completing the application form. Victim Support Netherlands can also guide victims to suitable support such as contact with fellow victims and specialised aid. The Help Line can be reached via
0900 9999 001 (Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., local rate),
www.hulplijnseksueelmisbruik.nl