First Findings of the Swiss Violence Against Women Survey

Jelena Keller, University of Lausanne

In this paper are presented the first findings of the recent Swiss Violence Against Women Survey. This survey falls within the framework of the first International Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS), in which about 30 countries are participating. The IVAWS is an international, comparative survey specifically designed to target domestic violence and sexual assault against women. The objective of the IVAWS project is to assess the level of victimisation of women in a number of countries world-wide, on a repeatable basis, and to provide novel inputs for the development of specific criminal justice approaches. The project will largely rely on the network and infrastructure of the International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS) that has been successfully implemented in more than 65 countries around the world. Switzerland participates in this project with a representative sample of 2000 female respondents aged 18 or more and interviewed by CATI method. In this paper the first results concerning domestic violence in Switzerland are presented. A particular attention is given to violence against women among the immigrant groups. Given that in Switzerland immigrants represent over 20% of the general population, interesting comparisons are made between the Swiss and the immigrant perpetrators.

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