When people live close together conflicts can arise. Reports of domestic
violence on an almost daily basis might lead us to believe that violence in the
home has increased. In actual fact, it has always existed within families.
Thanks to institutions such as women's refuges and advice centres, the public is
now more aware of this issue. For example, violence is no longer an internal
family problem, instead it affects everyone. Those who engage in violence are
liable to prosecution. The police will intervene if called. Outsiders are,
therefore, also obliged to inform the police if they know about violence in
order to protect the victim and bring the perpetrators to justice.
The following are punishable offences:
Verbal abuse, threats, threats with weapons
Sexual harassment, rape
Domestic violence, however, begins even
earlier on with malicious acts:
After years of oppression, vilification and violence many people are
past defending themselves. They will have lost their self-confidence a long time
ago and may even believe that it is their fault that they are in that
There are, however, also obvious reasons why women
in particular remain in violent relationships: financial dependency,
responsibility to children or loss of residence permits. What these people need
is someone to show them understanding and support.
Nothing can justify
violence. Every individual deserves to be loved and respected. The law is
clearly on the side of victims in this regard. They should use the rights to
which they are entitled as a Swiss citizen and seek help.
against domestic violence:
Call the police immediately if you are being threatened.
Violent people are often controlled by compulsions and try to suppress
negative emotions such as aggression, powerlessness and fear.
In doing so they usually blame their anger on the situation or
on others and refuse to take responsibility for their own deeds and actions.
There is no excuse for violence, especially not in the family. There is no shame
in having problems. However, help should be sought before it is too late.
you can do as the perpetrator:
Contact an advice centre for violent men.
Speak to people you are close to about your feelings and problems.
Learn how others handle pressurised situations and anger.
Think about how to react next time in a similar situation.
Step back at the first sign of stress and conflict.
Leave the house when you realise "it" has reached that point again.
Take a walk or talk to friends.
Seek help from a doctor, psychologist or advice centre.
Perhaps talk to a confidant at work about your problem with