The Netherlands has a crime victim compensation program to provide financial compensation for victims of violent or personal crime.
Report to police. Within 3 years; exceptions are made.
Filing period. No time limit.
Foreign citizen eligibility. Citizens of foreign countries are eligible to apply for compensation.
The application form for state compensation is available in Dutch only and may be requested in writing from the Netherlands Victim Support Organization at the address given below or by telephone at 070-4142000. Volunteers and staff of the Netherlands Victim Support organization can assist victims with submitting an application for compensation. On average, it takes about 1 year to close a case, but it might take longer for a crime victim to receive a decision on compensation. The victim receives compensation 6 weeks after notification.
Benefits and Award Limits
Material damage of EUR22.700,00, immaterial damage (not for dependents of deceased victims) of EUR9.100,00.
Emergency awards. The program makes emergency awards when the request meets all of the eligibility conditions (except documentation of exact extent of damage) and when good reason for expediting payment exists.
Funding sources. The program is funded by the national government and the Ministry of Justice.
Commissie Schadefonds Geweldsmisdrijven (Criminal Injuries Compensation Fund)
For victim support and assistance with the compensation application process, contact
Slachtofferhulp Nederland (The Netherlands Victim Support), P.O. Box 14208, 3508 SH Utrecht, The Netherlands