Assistance to victims

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Consultations and services

In 2017, victim support services recorded 38,794 cases. 91% are victim or relative according to OHG-status and 9% AFZFG-status.

Indemnities and reparations

In 2017, people recognized as victims of an infraction received 1.3 million francs as compensation and for 4.0 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.

NEW since 1st January 2017
Included are all victims who contact a consultation according to the new victim status AFZFG

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

Victim support
  2016 20171
Victim support 35 189 38 794
Support cases as %
Status of the person given support
Victim according to OHG 94.2 87.8
New victim status 8.9
Unknown 5.8 3.3
Gender of the person given support
Female 72.5 70
Age (at the time of the consultation)
Aged under 10 8.3 7.9
10-17 ans 11.2 9.4
18-29 ans 21.9 20
30-64 ans 48.9 46.1
Aged over 64 5.3 8.6
Number of perpetrators
Male perpetrator 79.5 75.3
Family relationship 72.4 69
Offences suffered2
Assault 49.3 48.4
Threats, coercion 32.4 30.8
Sexual integrity of children 12.1 11.6
Sexual assault, rape 11.1 11
Road accidents 6.5 6.1
Murder (incl. attempted) 2.6 2.5
With criminal proceedings
Yes 48.0 44.8
Data updated: 28.05.2018
1) incl. are all victims who contact a consultation according to the new victim AFZFG-status
2) multiple offences possible
Source: FSO - Victim support statistics

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

Compensation and reparations
  2016 2017
Total  1 354  1 228r
Positive decisions (as %) 53.1 53.3
Number   91   64
Total in CHF 1,000 1 359 1 265
Median in CHF  3 510  4 385
Number   678   621
Total in CHF 1,000 4 745 3 981
Median in CHF  3 500  3 500
r) Adjusted data due to late deliveries
Data updated: 28.05.2018
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.

Further information


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Statistical sources and concepts

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Consultations and services

Counselling cases of victims who contact a victim support service for help

Indemnities and reparations

Victim applications for compensation and reparations


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



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