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Crime, psychiatry and culture


Aggressive behaviour and crime are sometimes linked to psychiatric problems that may be caused by voluntary or forced migration. We then talk about forensic psychiatry. i-psy offers assistance for these problems.

Powerlessness and despair

Mr A. originates from the Middle-East. His rehabilitation officer has registered him with i-psy.  Mr A. was very aggressive toward his daughter and other family members. He was arrested for this and is under supervision of rehabilitation services. He says he is very depressed due to the offence but also because of continuous tensions in his family and with relatives. As a result of the migration his life has changed considerably and family-life is not the same anymore as it used to be. His position as husband and father is under pressure. Raising his children causes problems for him. This makes him feel left out and he sometimes looses control of himself.
Together with Mr A. the social worker from i-psy has examined what causes aggressive behaviour. It was also examined how he can better handle his feelings of powerlessness and despair. His cultural background, the migration and the changes in his life, as well as raising children who live in two cultures and are trying to find their way were extensively discussed.

Recognizing forensic problems

We speak of forensic problems when:

  • people are seriously confused and show many behavioural problems which (may) cause them to get into trouble with the police or judicial authorities;
  • people have psychological symptoms during detention;
  • there is (imminent) domestic violence within the family.

Forensic care

Forensic care is available for adults who have gotten into trouble with the police and judicial authorities and who have been registered with us through the latter.

Forensic care is aimed at preventing aggression and crime. It helps you come to grips with your psychological symptoms that are linked to the crime you have committed.  During this process, i-psy takes language, culture and religious beliefs into account.

We help you gain insight into how your behaviour came about and how it is linked to psychological problems. To prevent repetition we teach you to handle this. We help you reinforce your positive points and restore the mutual relationships in the family.


Together with you we decide what treatment is best suited based on the agreements the judicial authorities have made with you. The treatment consists mainly of individual discussions. Family discussions may also also be included in the treatment. In addition, we offer creative therapy so we can better help you with your problems.

We take your cultural background and religious beliefs into consideration.  If you wish discussions to be held in your own language, you will be assigned a practitioner who speaks your language or we arrange for an interpreter during the conversation.

Every three months, we evaluate the course of the treatment together with you and the referrer. The treatment may take place during the prison detention and at the outpatient clinics of i-psy.  If the treatment takes place during detention, we discuss in consultation with you what follow-up is needed thereafter.

Who are involved in your treatment?

We involve people who are important to you in the treatment, unless you have serious objections. Moreover, we coordinate the treatment with the rehabilitation officer, the general practitioner and/or the psycho-medical service of the penal institution. If necessary, we collaborate with other assistance workers such as social workers, debt assistance officers or family counsellors.

What will be the treatment duration?

The treatment takes at least 6 months, depending on the request for help and the seriousness of the problems. During detention, the treatment may be of shorter duration.