MONET 2030: Violent offences

SDG 16: Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels

Swiss target 16.1: Switzerland prevents violence, crime and terrorism and fights them effectively.

Significance of the indicator
The indicator provides information on the number of victims of serious violent crime (murder, serious bodily harm, female genital mutilations, violent robbery, hostage-taking and rape) known by the police. Physical security is determined, amongst other things, by the risk of being a victim of an act of violence. From a sustainable development point of view, violence must decrease.

Help for interpretation:
The indicator does not include victims who did not report the crime to the police. However, in cases of serious violence, behaviour concerning reports made to the police has little effect on the number of cases recorded; in the case of death or if the victim's condition requires hospital treatment, it is very likely that the police will be informed of the committed offence. Cases of rape or female genital mutilation, however, are not always reported to the police.

International comparability
Crime indicators have only limited value in international comparison as the range of offences, their definition (according to national penal codes), survey methods and the quality of data differ from one country to another, as does the population’s tendency to report crime to police.



The indicator shows the number of victims of serious violent offences known to the police. An offence is said to have been “perpetrated” when the act that characterises it has been fully carried through. The indicator does not, therefore, include attempted crimes. The following offences under the Swiss Criminal Code (CC) are included in calculations for the indicator: homicide (Art. 111-113 and 116 CC), serious assault (Art 122 CC), female genital mutilation (Art. 124 CC, in force since 1 July 2012), robbery (with serious assault or cruelty, Art 140 para.  4 CC), enforced disappearance (Art. 185 CC) and rape (art. 190 CC). A unique identification number is given to each victim, allowing identification of victims of several offences as one and the same person. This makes it possible to count the actual numbers of victims as each victim is only counted once in a given year.

Data are collected annually as part of the Police Crime Statistics (PCS) and published by the Federal Statistical Office in cooperation with the Federal Department of Justice and Police and the Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors. 



Swiss target 16.1: Switzerland prevents violence, crime and terrorism and fights them effectively.

International target 16.1: Significantly reduce all forms of violence and related death rates everywhere


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