Assistance to victims

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Consultations and services

In 2022, victim support services recorded 46 542 cases. 95% are victim or relative according to OHG-status and 2% AFZFG-status.

Indemnities and reparations

In 2022, people recognized as victims of an infraction received 0.9 million francs as compensation and for 4.9 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.

Since 1st January 2017 are included all victims who contact a consultation centre according to the new victim status AFZFG.


  2021 2022
Victim consultations
Total 44 633 46 542
Female (%)
73.6 73.9
Juvenile (%)
18.2 18.3
Male perpetrator (%)
78.6 79.3
Offences suffered1
Common assault, acts of aggression (%)
45.8 46.4
Threatening behaviour, coercion, extortion (%) 32.6 32.8
Indecent assault, rape (%) 12.5 12.6
Sexual acts with children (%) 12.4 11.6
Compensations (including advance compensation payments)
Total in CHF 1,000 1 051 867
Total in CHF 1,000 3 759 4 900
Data updated: 16.05.2023
1) multiple offences possible
Source: FSO - Victim support statistics (OHS)

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.  

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Consultations and services

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Indemnities and reparations

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



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