Domestic violence on the rise in Switzerland, report says


Criminal offence cases resulting from domestic violence increased by 12.7 percent in the western Swiss canton of Geneva in 2015 compared to the previous year, a report of the Genevan Observatory for Domestic Violence showed.

According to the report, in 2015, 1.3 percent of the population has become victim of violence in the western canton of the country. Most of the victims were women, and 75 percent of the perpetrators were males, Swiss media outlets reported on Wednesday.

Some 60 percent of minor victims have been exposed to domestic violence involving their parents. The observatory also notes that domestic violence cases tend to occur more in spousal contexts, with 37 percent taking place during the relationship and 15 percent taking place after separation.

86 percent of the violence cases are reported to be psychological, while 63 percent of the cases involve physical assault, the report noted.

There has been a 20 percent increase in injuries compared to the previous year, accounting for one fourth of domestic violence cases in 2015; whilst threats accounted for 23 percent of total cases, with a rise of 19 percent compared to the previous year.

The Swiss Federal Office of Gender Equality (EBG) had recently reported that the Swiss police received 14,000 calls related to domestic violence last year, with an average of 40 calls a day.

The report of EBG had also stated that there were 36 deaths in domestic violence incidents in 2015 across Switzerland, whilst noting that domestic violence was widespread in the central European nation.

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