Homicide in Switzerland

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The Swiss chapter on homicide is based on the Swiss Homicide Database (SHD), a nationwide database including premeditated homicidal events in Switzerland between 1980 and 2004. Data are based on autopsy registries from legal medicine institutes and completed by police and court files. The database constitutes a full sample of homicide events in Switzerland for the years 1991–2004, and a partial sample for the years 1980–1990. Information on offender and victim characteristics, circumstances of the homicide as well as legal consequences of the offence are included. Homicide in Switzerland mainly occurs within sentimental partnerships or the family, followed by disputes between friends or acquaintances. Although homicide rates in Switzerland are relatively low in comparison with other European countries, cases of homicide followed by suicide are unusually frequent. Firearms are the modal weapon used in homicide. Swiss rates of gun homicide are among the highest in Europe. The high prevalence of firearm-related casualties is largely due to wide-spread gun availability in Switzerland. As the Swiss military system requires every male Swiss citizen to serve in the militia and to keep his Army equipment at home, prevalence of gun ownership is higher in Switzerland than in other European countries.

Authors Markwalder, Nora & Killias, Martin
Editors Liem, Marieke & Pridemore, William Alex
Projects Walser, Simone; Markwalder, Nora & Killias, Martin (2015) European Homicide Research Group [fundamental research project] Official URL
Language English
Subjects law
HSG Classification contribution to scientific community
Refereed No
Date 2012
Publisher Springer New York
Place of Publication New York, NY
Volume 1., st Edition.
Page Range 343-354
Number of Pages 12
Title of Book Handbook of European Homicide Research : Patterns, Explanations, and Country Studies
ISBN 978-1-4614-0465-1
Publisher DOI 10.1007/978-1-4614-0466-8_22
Depositing User Prof. Dr. Nora Markwalder
Date Deposited 12 Aug 2015 14:44
Last Modified 23 Aug 2016 11:22
URI: https://www.alexandria.unisg.ch/publications/243138


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Markwalder, Nora & Killias, Martin: Homicide in Switzerland. In Liem, Marieke & Pridemore, William Alex (ed.): Handbook of European Homicide Research : Patterns, Explanations, and Country Studies. New York, NY : Springer New York, 2012, S. 343-354.


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