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INTERVICT promotes and executes interdisciplinary research that can contribute to a comprehensive, evidence-based body of knowledge on the empowerment and support of victims of crime and abuse of power.

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Conferences, Seminars and Expert Meetings INTERVICT


Resilience after Terrorism: Laura’s story

28 June 2018
Organized by: INTERVICT, Magister JFT, Academic Forum

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Summerschool Victimology 2018 (in Dutch)

28 to 30 June 2018
Organized by: INTERVICT and Slachtofferhulp Nederland

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Conference on Labour mobility and migration

(19 January 2018)

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Symposium (NL) False accusations of sexual violence

(6 July 2017)

Op donderdag 6 juli 2017, 15.00 tot 17.00 uur organiseert dr. Kim Lens (INTERVICT) een symposium over de (psycho)sociale gevolgen van een onterechte beschuldiging van seksueel geweld op Tilburg University.

Tijdens dit symposium zullen de volgende sprekers een presentatie geven:

  • Esther Boek. Haar zoon is onterecht beschuldigd van het plegen van seksueel geweld en in Hoger Beroep vrijgesproken. Esther heeft hierover een boek geschreven (Geen Kind Meer) en zal tijdens het symposium een inkijkje geven in de gevolgen van een dergelijke beschuldiging op haar leven en dat van haar gezinsleden.
  • Ivonne Leenhouwers. Zij heeft in haar carrière vele onterecht beschuldigden bijgestaan en belicht de thematiek vanuit haar rol als strafrechtadvocate.
  • Kim Lens (INTERVICT). Zij heeft over een periode van 3 jaar onderzoek gedaan onder 25 onterecht beschuldigden en zal tijdens het symposium de onderzoeksresultaten hiervan presenteren.

Na afloop is er van 17.00 - 18.00 uur onder het genot van een hapje en een drankje gelegenheid om ervaringen en gedachten uit te wisselen.

Registratie graag voor 29 juni per e-mail bij dr. Kim Lens. Na aanmelding ontvangt u meer informatie over de locatie van het symposium op Tilburg University.


Urban refugees and migrant integration in the city

(18 November 2016)

On Friday 18 November 2016, dr. Lisa Berntsen (INTERVICT) and dr. Tesseltje de Lange (Department Social law and social policy) organize a meeting on Urban Refugees in cooperation with the Dutch association for migration research. The meeting will take place from 11.00-15.00 hrs. at Tilburg University. And subsequently you are invited to attend the inaugural address of prof. Conny Rijken entitled ‘Victimisation through migration’.

The organisation ‘’ claims that 58% of the refugees now live in cities. The UNHCR estimates that more than 10 million refugees and 27 million IDPs (internally displaced persons) live in urban areas. Urban refugees avoid the traditional refugee camps because of the poor living and security conditions and the lack of prospect for the future. Although most camps are supposed to be temporal, refugees are often stuck for years and in some cases decades in these camps, putting their lives and the lives of their children on hold. For those reasons some refugees prefer to live in a city as they think cities provide them more opportunities to live their life, to regain control over their life and to build a future. They often remain unreported and undocumented and deprived of assistance from the international community. Without access to basic needs such as schooling and health services living a life as invisibles, they are extremely vulnerable to practices of abuse, exploitation and ill-treatment such as discrimination and violence.

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Book launch ‘Researching the nexus between statelessness and human trafficking. The example of Thailand’

(13 February 2015)

On Friday 13 February 2015, dr. Conny Rijken (INTERVICT) and dr. Laura van Waas (Institute on Statelessness and Inclusion) presented the findings of their research project that explored the nexus between statelessness and human trafficking. The field research focused on the hill tribe communities in Northern Thailand and aimed to understand whether and why lack of nationality made people more vulnerable to becoming victims of trafficking.

At the book launch, Rijken and Van Waas outlined the project’s innovative methodology and share some of the main findings and policy recommendations.


28 November 2014

‘Many victims of domestic violence, intimate partner violence, gender-based violence, sexual harassment and stalking suffer from repeat victimization. One way of protecting them is to provide for protection orders (e.g., no contact order). But how are protection orders regulated in the European Member States? What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to protection orders? Do they really protect? And what can we expect from the recently introduced European Protection Order?

These and other questions will be discussed in Lisbon on the 28th of November during a one-day conference in which the results of INTERVICT’s POEMS project will be presented. The results are of interest to all persons working with victims, but particularly those involved in imposing, monitoring and enforcing protection orders. More information

Seminar ‘Right to Quality Services’ - Lisbon

(18 september 2014)

Victims’ access to quality services is not only a right, but a major concern to every organization, public or private, who contact with them – police, judiciary, and victim support.

Especially now, the rights of victims of crime enshrined by the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council establishing minimum standards on the rights, support and protection of victims of crime are the touchstone of every political and organizational victim support agenda.

The Seminar “Right to Quality Services” will be an important and unique timing to debate cross cutting issues related with the assessment of victims’ needs and rights, the compared experience of victim support across Europe, the importance of qualified police assistance, amongst others.

Don’t miss the opportunity to ear and discuss these transversal topics with our fantastic invited speakers! Save this date and guarantee your presence by registering at:

This event is organized within the Project Right to Quality Services for Victims of Crime (2012-2014), promoted by APAV and co-financed by the European Commission under the Criminal Justice Programme of the European Union. Project Right to Quality Services for Victims of Crime is developed in partnership with Tilburg University - INTERVICT (The Netherlands), Victim Support Scotland, Weisser Ring Germany, and Institut National d’Aide aux Victimes et de Médiation - INAVEM (France).

Transitional justice in practice: a week long study trip to post-genocide Rwanda

(16 - 22 March 2014)

This is to announce that we are seeking applications for individuals interested in attending the fourth study trip to Rwanda from 16th – 22nd March, 2014. The trip is aimed at educating participants about Transitional Justice mechanisms adopted after the 1994 genocide. The deadline for application is 15th of January 2014. The study tour is designed to clarify the complexities involved in re-building a society after a genocide, and will be comprised of two components: a literature study and a study tour. It will involve all stakeholders in Rwanda, visiting genocide memorial sites, solidarity camps, social- economic development initiatives and different crucial institutions involved in reconciliation efforts.

The study tour is open to not more than 20 participants; students, professionals, researchers and academics who are interested in learning about transitional justice in a post genocide society. Added to this group we will include a small group of students of Rwandan universities from various disciplines. The main language of the conference will be English, but French speakers with a reasonable knowledge of English are also welcome.  

In addition to funding their travel related costs to Rwanda, each participant is supposed to pay 800 Euros for tuition, accommodation, meals and transport within Rwanda during the week of the study tour.


Hearing and book presentation

(4 December 2013)

Mirjam van Reisen, Meron Estefanos and Conny Rijken (INTERVICT senior researcher) have completed the second publication on the Sinai trafficking.

During a special hearing and presentation at the European Parliament in Brussels on Wednesday 4 December, Filmon Debru and Daniel Eyosab, two Sinai survivors will present the book to Cecilia Malmström, European Commissioner for Home Affairs. Following the presentation there will be two workshops on the topic.

Invitation for launch in Brussel.

Simultaneous launches in of the book will take place in Lampedusa, Tel Aviv, Cairo, Addis Ababa (tbc), London and New York.

About the research

Human trafficking in the Sinai started in 2009 and involves the abduction, extortion, sale, torture and killing of men, women and children. This book follows from the publication “Human Trafficking in the Sinai: Refugees between Life and Death” (2012) of the same authors. It describes how refugees are abducted and brought to the Sinai and identifies the modus operandi of the trafficking. It also looks at what happens after the hostages are released and where they go. This book introduces the term ‘trafficking cycle’ to describe how refugees become trapped in a vicious cycle of detention, exploitation and abuse, or take risks that may lead to tragedies such as the shipwreck off the coast of Lampedusa on 3 October 2013. The book is based on interviews with hostages and survivors of the trafficking in the Sinai and others.

About the authors

  • Mirjam van Reisen is Professor of International Social Responsibility at Tilburg University.
  • Meron Estefanos is a Swedish journalist of Eritrean decent.
  • Conny Rijken is lawyer and a specialist in trafficking in human beings at Tilburg University. 
  • Guest author, Erik Borgman, is Professor of Systematic Theology at Tilburg University.

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Working seminar Sexual Violence (NL)

(29 November 2013)

organised by Pharos and MOVISIE

During this seminar an overview will be presented of recent research results and developments in policy on sexual violence against Dutch minors of a non-Western background. Further, the possibilities of prevention and the conditions for adequate assistance for this group will be discussed.

INTERVICT PhD Pinar Okur is one of the keynote speakers at this seminar. Her research project is on the role of ethnicity in sexual violence and abusive behaviour. She is conducting a comparative study into unwanted and abusive sexual experiences of minors of non-Western cultural-ethnic background and native Dutch minors.

Experts and professionals in this field are invited to attend this seminar.

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Launch of NeSPCAN

(18 November 2013)

The foundation of the Netherlands Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NeSPCAN) (NL) is based on the compliance of the Convention of the Rights of the Child in particular article 19 on child abuse.

INTERVICT is proud to announce that Esmah Lahlah will be acting as secretary of the board of NeSPCAN.

NeSPCAN is committed to an effective and comprehensive long-term approach of child abuse and will act on national and international level. NeSPCAN aims to prioritize and emphasize the attention for child abuse in academics, policy and practice. The core values of the foundation are indepence, inspiration, passion, quality and a sustainable approach.

With the realization of NeSPCAN, a platform is created for all experts in this field. The foundation calls on professionals and their organisations working with children, youth and their parents to join NeSPCAN.

NeSPCAN thanks the Dutch foundation Prevention of Child Victimization (VKM) for their financial support.

Mini-symposium Mensenhandel: het slachtofferperspectief (NL)

(10 september 2013)

Het resultaat van een onderzoek naar de behoeften en belangen van slachtoffers mensenhandel is neergelegd in het rapport ‘Mensenhandel: het slachtofferperspectief. Een verkennende studie naar behoeften en belangen van slachtoffers van mensenhandel in Nederland. Het onderzoek tracht een antwoord te geven op de vragen, welke factoren invloed hebben op het beëindigen van een situatie van uitbuiting en in welke mate de opvang en hulp aan slachtoffers mensenhandel in Nederland aansluit bij hun behoeften. Het onderzoek werd uitgevoerd met financiering van het Fonds Slachtofferhulp.

Op 10 september 2013 van is een mini-symposium georganiseerd waarbij een aantal betrokken organisaties gevraagd werd te reflecteren op de onderzoeksresultaten. Dit symposium is gehouden bij het Fonds Slachtofferhulp in Den Haag. Het programma kunt u hier bekijken.

Rapport (NL)

Study trip to Rwanda

(10-16 March 2013)

International conference in Rwanda

(1 March 2013)

INTERVICT is one of the organizing parties of the international conference held in Rwanda from 2-5 March 2013 on 'Setting a research agenda for the law, the criminology, the victimology, and the research methodology of international crimes'.

This conference is organized in collaboration with the Africa-Low Countries Network.

The program presents the themes of the key notes and the aims of the discussions.


Victimological approaches to International crimes

(25 September 2012)

INTERVICT, The Hague Global Justice Institute and REDRESS organized a closed meeting on the 25th of September in The Hague on 'VICTIMOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO INTERNATIONAL CRIMES; A Focus on the Middle East and North Africa, with 12 country experts and several regional experts.

Symposium of the World Society of Victimology in cooperation with INTERVICT.

(2 February 2012)

Justice for Victims. Cross-cultural perspectives on conflict, trauma and reconciliation

Workshop Victim Policy and Mediation at the Tilburg University

The workshop was organized by the European Forum for Restorative Justice, in cooperation with the International Institute Victimology Tilburg (INTERVICT) and is an integral part of the European Union - Victims and Restorative Justice- project. This project evaluates the needs and experiences of victims in restorative justice procedures and in particular the Dutch victim-offender encounters (slachtoffer-dader gesprekken), which are conducted by Victim in Focus.


Round Table Seminar

(24 June 2011)

Round Table Seminar on the emergency go order organized by INTERVICT, Movisie and Aletta (institute for women's history). Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
More information, see program (dutch).

Symposium on the National Research Domestic Violence

(29 April 2011)

Symposium on the National Research Domestic Violence organized by INTERVICT and WODC (Research and documentation centre of the Dutch ministry of Security and Justice).

Colloquium on Sexual Violence as an International Crime

(7 & 8 April 2011)

INTERVICT cooperates in the Colloquium on Sexual Violence as an International Crime.
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Seminar Financiële Identiteitsdiefstal

(10 December 2010)

INTERVICT (International Victimology Intsitute Tilburg) en TILT (Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology and Society), beide onderdeel van Tilburg University, organiseerden een seminar over de bestrijding van financiële identiteitsdiefstal in Nederland.
Aansluitend op het seminar om 14:00 uur verdedigde Nicole van der Meulen haar proefschrift Fertile Grounds. The Facilitation of Financial Identity Theft in the United States and the Netherlands. Zowel seminar als promotie vinden plaats op de campus van Tilburg University.

Het seminar beoogt de bestrijding van financiële identiteitsdiefstal een stap verder te helpen door praktijk, beleid en wetenschap bij elkaar te brengen en te leren van ervaringen in de Verenigde Staten. Dr. Chris Hoofnagle (Berkely Law, University of California), internationaal expert op het gebied van identiteitsdiefstal, geeft een keynote-lezing vanuit Amerikaans perspectief. De rest van het seminar is Nederlandstalig. Prof. dr. Michel van Eeten (TU Delft) verzorgde een lezing vanuit sociaal-economisch en bestuurlijk perspectief. Aansluitend vindt een paneldiscussie plaats over de praktijk en de bestrijding van identiteitsdiefstal, met invalshoeken vanuit justitie, politie, de financiële sector en de wetenschap.

Conferentie Risicotaxatie bij Huiselijk Geweld

(24 en 25 november 2010)

Het International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) organiseerde in Utrecht de conferentie “Risicotaxatie bij huiselijk geweld”. Tijdens deze conferentie, die mogelijk werd gemaakt door de Stichting Achmea Slachtoffer en Samenleving (SASS), werden de recentste inzichten met betrekking tot risicotaxatie bij huiselijk geweld gepresenteerd. De nadruk van beide dagen lag op risicotaxatie-instrumenten die zijn ontwikkeld voor niet-klinisch geschoolde beoordelaars. Aan bod kwamen derhalve vooral de SARA-PV, de Bsafer, het RiHG en de ODARA. Ingegaan werd op de praktische bruikbaarheid, relatieve betrouwbaarheid en de predictieve validiteit van dergelijke instrumenten. Daarnaast werd op de eerste dag tevens een nieuw (“niet-klinisch”) instrument gepresenteerd voor het inschatten van de kans op herhaling op korte termijn.

Expert seminar: Crime-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

(12 mei 2010)

The International Victimology Institute Tilburg (INTERVICT) will organized an expert seminar about crime-related Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and related disorders. During this seminar Prof. Dean Kilpatrick provided a keynote speech.

Professor Kilpatrick is Distinguished University Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Director of the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has published in numerous peer-reviewed scientific journals and books and was awarded several prestigious grants for his work.

In his presentation professor Kilpatrick has drawed from his own research and his experiences as a clinical psychologist working with victims of crime. Prof. Aldert Vrij acted as referee and is one of the most famous experts in the field of psychology and law. Experts from different background and disciplines working with victims of crime will have a panel discussion. Audience members were encouraged to participate in the discussion.

This lecture is not only important for social scientists but also for lawyers because issues such as malingering and detection are often subject of discussion in legal processes.

This expert seminar was followed by the public defense of INTERVICT researcher Maarten Kunst. His thesis is entitled The Burden of Interpersonal Violence: examining the psychosocial aftermath of victimization.