About Research

Offering the best treatment contributes to the achievement of a safer society. Because of this, we invest in expertise development, research and innovation. We commit ourselves to the delivery of tailor-made care and do research to establish how we can achieve a better assessment of the risks applicable for specific groups. We refine methods used for women and sex offenders, for example. Various tools that we have developed have received international recognition.


The Research Department works with various parties. For example, we work with Amsterdam University on research relating to risk assessments for sex offenders. We have teamed up with the University of Birmingham to research the connection between various factors, including psychopathy, the offence type, bonding and oxytocine (oxytocine is created in the brain and plays a central role in mother fixation, friendships, romantic interactions and sexuality too).

Research on women in forensic psychiatry

Together with a number of other mental healthcare institutions and institutions that treat patients who have been detained under a hospital order, we have been conducting a large-scale research project on women in forensic psychiatry since 2012. Because the group of women receiving forensic psychiatry is quite small. We have merged these groups for the purpose of our research. Important questions raised in the research project include: what are their background characteristics? Which risk factors and protective factors apply to repeated violent behaviour by women and to what extent to which this is different for men? Besides this, different groups of women are being researched further and compared with each other, for example women with a high level of psychopathy, women with a minor mental impairment or women who have committed a certain offence type, such as child manslaughter. Currently, the data on almost 300 women have been included in the research.

Knowledge sharing

Once research has been completed, we are pleased to share the knowledge and experience that we gain with others. We contribute to symposiums and masterclasses, deliver training courses on risk assessment and the use of the relevant tools. Our researchers also publish in prominent specialist journals, review articles by fellow researchers and are involved in the organisation of (international) conferences. The Van der Hoeven Kliniek is also a member of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Forensic Mental Health Services.

Scope for doctoral research

We offer a great deal of scope for knowledge development. This is the reason why doctoral research projects are always being conducted at the hospital.

Van der Hoeven Kliniek is onderdeel van De Forensische Zorgspecialisten