Assistance to victims

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Consultations and services

In 2016, victim support services recorded 35,189 cases. In 49% of cases the victim had suffered physical impairments due to assault or an act of aggression.

Indemnities and reparations

In 2016, people recognized as victims of an infraction received 1.5 million francs as compensation and for 4.7 million francs for moral damages.

The main figures

Victims of crime who contact support services for help or receive compensation from cantonal damages and compensation authorities. Assistance to victims includes consultations, emergency aid and longer-term aid from support services. Cantonal damages and compensation authorities can grant financial compensation and/or reparations.

Key figures on number of victims who contact a victim support service for help

Victim support
  2015 2016
Victim support 33 783    35 189
Support cases as %
With victims
Aged up to 10 8.0 8.3
10-17   11.0 11.2
18-29 22.0 21.9
30-64 49.7 48.9
Aged over 64 4.7 5.3
With female victims 72.6 72.5
With male perpetrator 79.3 79.5
With intrafamilial perpetrator-victim relationship 48.9 48.0
With offences
Assault 48.5 49.3
Sexual integrity of children 12.7 12.1
Sexual assault, rape 10.8 11.1
Road accidents 6.3 6.4
Murder (incl. attempted) 2.9 2.7
With criminal proceedings 46.7 48.0
Data updated: 23.05.2017
Source: FSO - Victim support statistics

Key figures on requests by victims to cantonal authorities for compensation and reparations

Compensation and reparations
  2015 2016
Total 1 397 1 338
Positive decisions (as %) 50.9 53.4
Number  94  91
Total in CHF 1,000 1 066 1 359
Median in CHF 2 622 3 510
Number  682  676
Total in CHF 1,000 4 750 4 736
Median in CHF 3 875 3 500
Data updated: 16.05.2017 Source: FSO - Victim support statistics

Human trafficking

The internationally agreed definition of human trafficking is the “recruitment, transportation, transfer, harbouring or receipt of persons for the purpose of exploitation”. “Exploitation” means the exploitation of a person for sexual purposes, forced labour or the removal of human organs. A distinction is made between human trafficking and human smuggling. The latter describes facilitated entry to another country against payment.

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Federal Statistical Office Section Crime and Criminal Justice
Espace de l'Europe 10
CH-2010 Neuchâtel



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