The Centre of Expertise for Security [Expertisecentrum Veiligheid] is involved in research in the field of social security and in searching for answers to complex security issues.
The research group focuses primarily on moral-ethical, legal, technological and organisational issues of and between organisations with a social task in order to improve the service or assistance to citizens or clients with safety as the point of departure.
The research group in Integral Safety focuses on a fascinating but uncompromising field, namely the 'frayed edges' of society. By this we mean prostitutes, travellers, tramps and homeless people, young people at risk and multi-problem families.
Although safety and crime figures are important to policymakers, citizens primarily want to feel safe and experience that justice is done after wrongdoing. Our research group will work on finding practical answers to questions on how to tackle criminal behaviour and increase social security.
The research group focuses on domestic violence, including child abuse, domestic abuse and elder abuse. This includes violence in specific relationships, such as lover boys, bullying, stalking and cyber blackmail, as well as violence perpetrated by professionals who work in care and welfare, legal organisations, education and the church.
Our research group will focus on the functioning of the players within the security chain. The emphasis will be on the parties that carry out their tasks within the framework of security concerns and how the law supports them in this respect, or indeed inhibits them.