Study title
Homicide in Switzerland from 1990 to 2014: Study on forensic medicine, police and court files
Ref study 12158
Study language English
Contributing institutions
  • Gewalt
  • Kriminalität
  • Kriminologie
  • Opfer
  • Täter
  • Strafrecht
  • Tötungsdelikte
  • Homizid
  • erweiterter Suizid
Geographical space
  • Switzerland
The project consists of a database containing all intentional, completed homicides in Switzerland from 1990 till 2014. Information about the offender, the victim and the circumstances of the offences are collected. The offences are categorized into different types of homicide to give consideration to the heterogeneity of this offence.
Data were collected in the context of two different SNF-projects. The first one (1990-2004) has already been published (homicide in Switzerland over twenty years [1980-2002]). For the current project, the new data (2005-2014) are completed with the old ones.
Since 1990 homicides in Switzerland have decreased from an average of 70 per year at the beginning of the 90ies to 35 offences in 2006. Since then, delicts have remained quite stable.
In Switzerland, quite a lot of homicides are committed in the context of relationships with every third offence beeing a victim killed by her (or his) partner. Circumstances differ strongly between the different types of homicides.
Methods (description)
Content of analysis: detailed questions about the victim, the offender and the circumstances of homicides
Research tool: written, standardized catalogue of questions
Data collection: File studies, with import into SPSS
Method: empirical data collection and analysis, quantitative research
Methods (instruments)
  • Analysis of documents - standardized
Replicated study No
  • Liem, Marieke; Suonpää, Karoliina; Lehti, Martti; Kivivuori, Janne; Granath, Sven; Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin. 2019. Homicide clearance in Western Europe. Journal of Criminology, 16(1), 81–101. Online: 10.1177/1477370818764840
  • Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin. 2019. Tötungsdelikte in der Schweiz von 1990 bis 2014: Analyse von rechtsmedizinischen, Polizei- und Gerichtsakten. St. Gallen: Universität St. Gallen, Law School.
Unpublished documents
  • Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin. 2018. Homicide-suicide in Switzerland (1990-2014). Presentation at the ESC-conference in Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina.
  • Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin. 2016. Swiss Homicide Project 2005-2014. Presentation at the ASC-conference in New Orleans, USA.
  • Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin; Markwalder, Nora. 2016. Tötungsdelikte in der Schweiz von 1990 bis 2014: der Swiss Homicide Monitor (SHM). Poster presented at the SAK-conference in Interlaken, Switzerland.
  • Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin. 2016. Swiss Homicide Project. Presentation at the ESC-conference in Muenster, Germany.
  • Walser, Simone; Killias, Martin. 2015. Situational circumstances of homicides in Switzerland: where, when and how?. Presentation at the ESC-conference in Porto, Portugal.
Financed by
Ethical approval No
Study type
Data availability
Source (Updates) Web
Date created 07.10.2019
Date modified 07.10.2019
Start - End date 01.10.2014 - 30.11.2018