Violence

Violent crime

Violent crime in the police crime statistics (PCS) is composed of three concepts: violence, sexualised violence and domestic violence. The three concepts of violence are based on different definitions, nevertheless they overlap in terms of content.

Violence includes all criminal offences of the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) that include the intentional use or threat of physical force against persons. Offences that do not require the use of physical force are not included. The context in which the offence took place is irrelevant.

The articles of the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) are available for recording sexualised violence in the police crime statistics (PKS). The term sexualised violence includes offences that involve violence and in particular sexual acts that are threatened, forced or imposed on a minor or adult without their explicit consent and against their will.
Sexualised violence can take place in different forms and contexts. It also includes, among other things, the aspect of exploiting dependency and the exercise of power and dominance.

More detailed information can be found under Sexualised violence.

Domestic violence is defined by the relationship between the accused person and the victim at the time of the crime. Domestic violence includes partnership relations and other intrafamily relationships. The criminal offences of the Swiss Criminal Code (SCC) that are classified as domestic violence in the police crime statistics (PCS) include an intentional violation of the physical, psychological or sexual integrity of a person. The use or threat of physical violence is not mandatory.

More detailed information can be found under Domestic Violence.

Offences of the three concepts of violence

Criminal offences of the SCC that are taken into account for the respective concepts of violence can be seen in the following table:

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