Violence

Violence offences - Definition

A violence offence involves 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 violence and minor violence offences.

Offences are considered to be:

Serious violence (perpetrated): Intentional homicide, murder, manslaughter, infanticide, serious assault, female genital mutilation, robbery with serious harm to the victim (art. 140 para. 4), hostage taking, rape.

Minor violence (perpetrated, in some cases threatened violence): Common assault, acts of aggression, participation brawl, participation attack, robbery (art. 140 para. 1-3), predatory extortion (art. 156 para. 3), coercion, forced marriage, false imprisonment and abduction, false imprisonment and abduction: aggravating circumstances, indecent assault, violence and threats against public authorities and public officials.

Minor violence (threatened): Threatening behaviour, extortion (art. 156 para. 1, 2, 4).

Key figures 2021

 

Offences

Detection

Accused persons

Victims

Total violence offences

45 617

85,5%

27 979

35 985

Serious violence (perpetrated)

1 665

85,2%

1 582

1 620

Homicides (art. 111-113/116)

226

97,3%

250

224

of which completed homicides

42

97,6%

53

42

of which attempted homicides

184

97,3%

199

182

Serious assault
(art. 122)

650

84,0%

715

639

Female genital mutilation
(art.  124)

2

100,0%

1

2

Hostage taking (art. 185)

0

-

0

0

Rape (art. 190)

757

84,1%

631

737

Robbery
(art. 140 para. 4)

30

43,3%

30

40

Minor violence (perpetrated, in some cases threatened)

31 612

87,4%

22 704

27 336

Common assault
(art. 123)

6 639

86,4%

5 714

6 446

Acts of aggression
(art. 126)

13 526

89,7%

11 082

12 776

Participation brawl (art. 133)

799

98,7%

753

293

Participation attack (art. 134)

1 478

84,0%

1 152

808

Robbery
(art. 140 para. 1-3)

1 706

54,3%

1 412

2 004

Coercion
(art. 181)

2 888

88,4%

2 572

2 656

Forced marriage (art. 181a)

10

90,0%

11

10

False imprisonment/ abduction
(art. 183)

250

80,0%

283

257

Fals impr./abduc.: aggravating circumstances
(art. 184)

5

100,0%

13

5

Indecent assault (art. 189)

720

83,9%

597

705

Violence and threats against public authorities and public officials
(art. 285)

3 557

95,6%

2 319

3 131

Extortion
(art. 156 para. 3)

34

58,8%

32

39

Minor violence (threatened)

12 340

80,9%

9 268

12 361

Threatening behaviour
(art. 180)

10 860

89,7%

9 018

10 853

Extortion (art. 156 para. 1, 2, 4)

1 480

16,0%

269

1 525

State of the database: 17.02.2022
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2021

Homicide offences

Change in number of homicides from 2009 to 2021

The following table details the number of homicides committed by instrument used, the rate of crimes solved as well as the number of accused persons and victims for the years 2009 to 2021.

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CH-2010 Neuchâtel
Switzerland

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