Domestic violence and, as one of its most frequent manifestations, intimate partner violence cause above all a great deal of human suffering. They violate basic human rights and contravene Swiss law. Since 2003, the Domain Violence has been working on behalf of the Federal Council to reinforce and complement the existing measures to combat domestic violence.

Focus: Violence within relationships

Domestic violence is also a widespread problem in Switzerland. On average, 25 people die every year because of domestic violence, including 4 children (2009-2021). In addition, there is a killing attempt every week (average 50 per year). The Domain Violence concentrates on preventing and combating violence between couples who are in a relationship or going through a process of separation and we take into account the situation of both the victim and the perpetrator, regardless of their gender.


Further information


Federal Office for Gender Equality FOGE

Schwarztorstrasse 51

3003 Berne

T +41 58 462 68 43

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