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 2020

 

Offences

Detection

Accused persons

Victims

Total violence offences

46 781

86,9%

29 326

36 602

Serious violence (perpetrated)

1 668

87,1%

1 601

1 592

Homicide (art. 111-113/116), perpetrated and attempted

253

96,4%

270

251

Serious assault     (art. 122)

669

84,8%

713

655

Female genital mutilation            (art.  124)

1

100,0%

1

1

Hostage taking (art. 185)

2

50,0%

2

3

Rape (art. 190)

713

87,5%

629

668

Robbery               (art. 140 para. 4)

30

53,3%

25

40

Minor violence (perpetrated, in some cases threatened)

33 212

87,1%

24 006

28 761

Common assault  (art. 123)

7 444

84,9%

6 537

7 224

Acts of aggression  (art. 126)

14 131

90,1%

11 726

13 344

Participation brawl (art. 133)

921

99,7%

881

297

Participation attack (art. 134)

1 442

85,4%

1 126

829

Robbery  (art. 140 para. 1-3)

1 919

47,9%

1 455

2 288

Coercion              (art. 181)

2 843

90,3%

2 582

2 563

Forced marriage (art. 181a)

6

66,7%

4

5

False imprisonment/ abduction            (art. 183)

294

81,0%

321

297

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

6

50,0%

6

6

Indecent assault (art. 189)

683

87,0%

562

671

Violence/threats against public authorities          (art. 285)

3 514

96,4%

2 421

3 231

Extortion             (art. 156 para. 3)

9

88,9%

9

10

Minor violence (threatened)

11 901

86,6%

9 658

11 925

Threatening behaviour               (art. 180)

11 027

91,2%

9 393

11 067

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

874

28,0%

298

881

State of the database: 15.02.2021
Source: FSO - Police crime statistics (PCS) 2020

Homicide offences

Change in number of homicides from 2009 to 2020

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 2020.

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