Country Netherlands
Year 2008
Type of Measure Violence against women > Legislation
Form of Violence Domestic violence/Intimate partner violence

Brief Description


This new piece of legislation, which came into force from January 1st 2009, will allow mayors to impose a ten-day restraining order. In practice, they will authorise an executive police officer to use this power. The court can test the order within three days after its commencement date. After the ten days, the mayor may decide to extend the order by another four weeks. The restraining order from entering a house may also apply for child abuse cases. The people involved will receive professional help during the ten-day restraining order. The preparations for the entry into force of the act started a long time ago. The www.huisverbod.nl website contains all the information on the restraining order (in Dutch). Practical information about the temporary restraining order can be found in the leaflet.

Title of the legislation in Dutch: Wet tijdelijk huisverbod and Besluit tijdelijk huisverbod.

Full Text

Summary Temporary Restraining Order Act

Source of Information

Response of the Government of the Netherlands to the questionnaire on violence against women, February 2009