Our patients

Patients at the Van der Hoeven Kliniek are adult men and women with psychological disorders. Added to this, a large number of our patients are or were addicted to drugs, alcohol and/or gambling. As a result of this and other factors, they have committed a serious offence or form a danger to themselves and/or to the people around them.

Patients who have been detained under a hospital order

Psychiatric research shows that when a hospital order has been imposed on an individual, there is a great likelihood that the patient in question will commit a serious offence again if he is not treated. Given this situation, the court declares these patients partially unaccountable for their actions. These individuals will have a custodial sentence imposed on them for the part of the offences committed for which the court does find them responsible. Once an individual has completed his custodial sentence, he will be admitted to the Van der Hoeven Kliniek, where he will receive treatment.

Sometimes there are situations where the court declares an individual completely unaccountable for his actions. Where this is the case, no custodial sentence will be imposed. In this situation, the patient can be admitted to the hospital for patients who have been detained under hospital orders straight away.

The Intensive Treatment Clinic

Patients with a psychological disorder who have come into conflict or are at risk of coming into conflict with the police or the law will be admitted to the Intensive Treatment Clinic. These patients may have been admitted for various reasons. Usually, treatment in standard psychiatric institutions will have reached an impasse; this might be because someone is difficult to manage, makes serious threats or is very aggressive, for example. Addiction often plays an important role here. The Intensive Treatment Clinic treats patients that have been admitted under a court authorisation or detention. In these situations, a civil court has decided that it is better for the safety of the patient and his environment to admit him to a psychiatric hospital.


Patients who are treated at the Van der Hoeven Kliniek often have one or more of the following psychiatric disorders:

  • Personality disorders
  • Psychotic disorders
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • The abuse of or a dependence on substances

These disorders are often accompanied by sexually unacceptable and deviant behaviour and/or (verbal or physical) aggression towards others and our patients display symptoms of different psychological disorders. This makes the achievement of a clear diagnosis a complex matter. If a patient has a combination of disorders, or one disorder and an addiction problem, we refer to this as comorbidity.

See the website for the Trimbos Institute (Trimbosinstituut) for more information about (other) disorders. 

Van der Hoeven Kliniek is onderdeel van De Forensische Zorgspecialisten