Violence affects both men and women but in different ways and to varying extent. Men are more likely than women to appear in police statistics for violent crime, both on the side of the aggrieved party as on the side of the accused. Men are more often victims of violence in the public sphere; women on the other hand suffer more frequently from domestic violence.
Since 2009, more detailed data from the police crime statistics (PCS) have been made available. It should be borne in mind here that for acts that are forbidden or not tolerated by society, such as (domestic) violence, numbers provide only limited information as to the real extent of the phenomenon. There is a dark figure of unreported crime, the extent of which cannot be reliably interpreted.