Violence

Violent crime - Definition

A violent crime is an offence involving the exercise of violence, or the threat of violence, against another person. The exercise of violence against things is not considered here. This subject is covered in «Damage to property» under the headings «Offences»  or «Property».

Offences can be divided into different categories according to the nature and seriousness of the crime. A rough distinction is made between serious violent crime and moderately violent crime.

Offences are considered to be:

Serious violent crime (perpetrated): Intentional homicide, murder, manslaughter, infanticide, grievous bodily harm, violent robbery (Art. 140 No. 4 SCC), hostage taking, rape.

Moderately violent crime (perpetrated, in some cases threatened violence): Simply bodily harm, assault, participation brawl, participation attack, violent robbery (art. 140 para. 1-3), extortion (art. 156 para. 3), coercion, false imprisonment and abduction, false imprisonment and abduction: aggravating circumstances, indecent assault, violence and threats against public authorities and public officials.

Moderately violent crime (threatened violence): Threatening behaviour, extortion (Art. 156 para. 1, 2 and 4)

Key figures 2018

  Offences Solved Accused persons Injured persons
Serious violent crime (perpetrated) 1 425 82,8% 1 283 1 374
Homicide (art. 111-113/116), perpetrated and attempted  199 94,5%  208  198
Grievous bodily harm (art. 122)  585 77,1%  564  573
Female genital mutilation (art. 124)  1 100,0%  1  1
Hostage taking (art. 185)  0  0  0
Rape (art. 190)  626 84,8%  527  604
Violent robbery (art. 140 para. 4)  14 64,3%  10  19
Moderately violent crime (perpetrated, in some cases threatened violence) 30 961 86,5% 22 516 27 315
Simply bodily harm (art. 123) 7 624 84,3% 6 512 7 419
Assault (art. 126) 13 223 89,6% 11 005 12 590
Participation brawl (art. 133)  985 98,5%  952  345
Participation attack (art. 134) 1 221 82,8%  939  713
Violent robbery (art. 140 para. 1-3) 1 630 45,2% 1 045 1 898
Coercion (art. 181) 2 233 91,7% 1 980 2 208
Forced marriage (art. 181a)  6 83,3%  8  6
Abduction (art. 183)  307 78,2%  272  310
Abduction: aggravating circumstances (art. 184)  8 100,0%  7  6
Indecent assault (art. 189)  665 86,9%  522  639
Violence/threats against publ. auth. and public officials (art. 285) 3 047 95,7% 2 152 2 886
Extortion (art. 156 para. 3)  12 58,3%  7  12
Moderately violent crime (threatened violence) 11 387 85,7% 9 049 11 274
Threatening behaviour (art. 180) 10 441 91,2% 8 807 10 354
Extortion (art. 156 para. 1, 2 and 4)  946 25,5%  269  943
Total violent crime
43 773 86,2% 27 258 34 491
State of the database: 13.02.2019
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2018

Homicide offences

Change in number of homicides from 2009 to 2018

The following table details the number of homicides committed by instrument used, the rate of crimes solved as well as the number of accused and injured parties for the years 2009 to 2018.

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