Domestic violence

Since the revision of the police crime statistics (PCS) in 2009, detailed statistical information is available on domestic crimes reported to the police as well as on the victims and persons charged.

From a statistical point of view violence in a closed social environment is not defined by legal provisions but is derived from the relationship between the defendant and the victim. For these criminal offences, cantonal police authorities record the nature of the relationship at the time of the incident between the defendant and victim. If the relationship between the defendant and victim is an ongoing or former partnership, a parent-child relationship or another relationship within the family, the offences reported by the police are be assigned to domestic violence.

Domestic offences reported to the police

In 2019, 19 669 domestic offences were reported and registered by the police. Compared with the previous year this represents an increase of 6% (+1 147 offences).

 

2018

2019

Total

18 522

19 669

Homicide completed (art. 111 – 113/116)

27

29

Homicide attempted (art. 111-113/116)

52

50

Inciting and assisting suicide (art. 115)

1

1

Illegal abortion without the consent of the pregnant woman (art. 118 para. 2) 

1

2

Serious assault (art. 122)

84

116

Common assault (art. 123)

2 122

2 035

Female genital mutilation (art. 124)1)

0

0

Acts of aggression (art. 126)

5 724

6 379

Abandonment (art. 127)

5

5

Endangering life (art. 129)

113

126

Administering substances capable of causing injury to children (art. 136)

11

18

Defamation (art. 173)

284

264

Willful defamation (art. 174)

247

244

Insult (art. 177)

3 265

3 737

Misuse of a telecommunications installation (art. 179septies)

604

521

Threatening behavior (art. 180)

4 122

4 314

Coercion (art. 181)

778

732

Forced marriage, forced registered partnership (art. 181a)2)

3

8

False imprisonment and abduction (art. 183)

122

113

Aggravating circumstances (art. 184)

6

2

Hostage taking (art. 185)

0

1

Sexual acts with children (art. 187)

393

383

Sexual acts with dependent persons (art. 188)

4

3

Indecent assault (art. 189)

193

205

Rape (art. 190)

246

287

Sexual acts with persons incapable of judgement or resistance (art. 191)

35

24

Exploitation of a person in a position of need or dependency (art. 193)

1

1

Sexual harassment (art. 198)

70

61

Acts preparatory to the commission of an offence (art. 260bis)

9

8

1) Female genital mutilation (Art. 124 SCC) in force since 1 July 2012
2) Forced marriage, forced registered partnership (Art. 181A SCC) in force since 1 July 2013.

State of the database: 13.02.2020
Source: Federal Statistical Office - Police Crime Statistics (PCS) 2019

Share of domestic violence in violence registered by the police

As the PCS’s overall definition of violence does not coincide with that of domestic violence, the share of domestic violence in violence registered by the police can only be established based on domestic offences reported by the police. In 2019 this share was 40%.

Relationship between victim and defendant

The following graphic shows that in 2019, 52% of the 19 669 offences of domestic violence recorded by the police, occurred in an existing and 28% in a former partnership. Table "Domestic violence: - Domestic offences reported to the police by relationship" shows the distribution across the different offences by relationship.

Severe violence: victims and defendants of completed homicide

In the PCS the following SCC articles are grouped together under homicide: Art. 111, intentional homicide, art. 112 murder, art. 113 manslaughter and art. 116 infanticide.

In 2019, 29 people of whom 19 were female, died from domestic violence. Half (52%) of the 29 homicides took place in an existing partnership. The 29 completed homicides were carried out by 26 defendants, of whom 88% were men.

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