Over 5000 Temporary Restraining Orders imposed since the introduction of the act

Since the introduction of the Act on Temporary Restraining Orders at the start of 2009, mayors have imposed more than 5000 Temporary Restraining Orders on perpetrators of domestic violence. Minister Opstelten of Security and Justice is very pleased with this number. He has communicated this, also on behalf of State Secretary Veldhuizen van Zanten, in a letter sent to the Lower House today.

The Act on Temporary Restraining Orders (which entered into effect on 1 January 2009) authorises mayors to remove perpetrators from the home for a period of ten days in the event of an acute threat of domestic violence. In 2010, mayors imposed 2935 Temporary Restraining Orders; 2107 persons were removed from their home during the previous year. Opstelten speaks of a rapid and successful implementation of the act. An interim evaluation performed by Regioplan shows that the Temporary Restraining Order has an added value in the approach to domestic violence. In addition, the professionals involved are generally positive about the measure and, moreover, the implementation of the act is well-embedded at the implementing organisations.

The evaluation also shows that Temporary Restraining Orders are hardly ever applied if children are the only victims while the act does explicitly offer this possibility. Minister Opstelten will consult with a number of municipalities on this issue, in order to assess how Temporary Restraining Orders can be applied more frequently in child abuse cases. Furthermore, Minister Opstelten is investigating whether it would be possible, with a view to prevention, to apply Temporary Restraining Orders at an earlier stage.

The Act on Temporary Restraining Orders is part of the broad approach to domestic violence and child abuse. The Ministry of Security and Justice, and the Ministry of Health, Welfare and Sport jointly focus on the prevention, identification and stopping of domestic violence and child abuse and on limiting their harmful consequences.