About Schadefonds Geweldsmisdrijven

Schadefonds is an independent administrative body and falls under the Ministry of Justice and Security (J&V). The Schadefonds is financed by the Ministry of Justice and Security to which it is accountable.

As part of the Central government, Schadefonds provides one-off compensation payment to victims, surviving relatives and close relatives to give recognition to victims of situations that should never have happened. In this way, the Schadefonds contributes to the recovery of their trust in society.

Important to know:

  • An application as a victim or surviving relative is possible for crimes committed on or after  January 1st, 2017. An application as a close relative is possible for crimes committed on or after January 1st, 2019.
  • The application must be submitted within 10 years after the crime was committed.
  • Schadefonds never contacts the perpetrator.
  • There does not need to be a question of a court case or sentence.
  • Schadefonds can help with gathering information from for instance the police or the Public Prosecution Service.

Schadefonds consists of a Committee of ten members and an office with more than 80 employees. The Committee determines the policy and makes decisions about appeals. The office deals with the application, puts in place research and transfers the monetary amount to the victims and surviving relatives. The office also supports the Committee with appeal cases and represents Schadefonds with regard to appeals before the court.