Published On: Wed, Jun 25th, 2014

Results victim survey and restorative justice 2014 poll

Anxiety and feelings of unrest have risen and are present to a greater extent among female respondents and respondents in the age group 35-64 years.

Curacao statisticsWILLEMSTAD -The Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) held a victim survey during early April until mid-2014. In this survey, the definition of the crime was revised. Six offenses are included in the definition.

Part of this survey is a poll regarding Restorative Justice: an alternative approach to tackling crime in which the victim and offender meet to come to a resolution of the situation together.

The main results are:

In 2014, 27.5 percent of the respondents aged 16 and older became victims in the year prior to the victim survey. In 2008 it was 26.3 percent. 65.8 percent has been the victim of a crime. Six years ago, it was 80.1 percent. If it is based on the old definition of the crime, then in 2014 is the recent victimization percent 21.7;

The most common offenses were auto theft, consumer fraud and burglary;

Of the respondents who have been victims of a crime, 68.3 percent reported to the police. In 2008 it was 46 percent;

Of the reports that have been done, 40 percent of the respondents were satisfied with the efforts of the police, virtually the same percentage as in 2008 (41%);

The main reason for not reporting was the mildness of case / no loss / youth delinquency, police won’t do anything to resolve the matter/ knows the perpetrator, not suitable for police / police not required;

More than half (53%) of respondents expressed strong to very strong feelings of fear. In 2008 it was 47 percent;


- Respondents aged 65 and older have less feelings of anxiety and fear. Strong feelings of fear and anxiety are more common among respondents in the age group 35-64 years;


- For female respondents, the strong feelings of fear and anxiety are present to a greater extent compared to the male respondents;


- More than two-fifths (41.8%) of the respondents were willing to meet to discuss the situation, and 10.5 percent have doubts about wanting to sit together with the offender. 47.7 percent do not feel sure to want to get in touch with the perpetrator;


- With respect to the willingness to sit together with the offender, there is little difference between male and female respondents;


- As regards to the age, it is noticeable that respondents aged 65 and above are less willing to meet with the offender and to talk about the case than the respondents in the younger age.

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