New social media campaign on support for victims of domestic violence
Bern, 22.12.2021 - With the tensions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, stressful situations in families and relationships may increase over the coming festive season. The Conference of Cantonal Directors of Social Services (CDSS) and the Federal Office for Gender Equality (FOGE) are launching a social media campaign to better inform those affected by violence about the assistance offered by Victim Support Switzerland.
The campaign targets both young victims of parental violence as well as adults and elderly people who are affected by domestic violence. They can contact the existing support services in all cantons for help. The victim counselling centres and shelters will continue to offer their services as always over the festive season.
The campaign against domestic violence remains a priority for the Confederation and the cantons. The Domestic Violence and Corona Task Force was created at the start of the pandemic. In 2020, it ran two social media campaigns. A total of 2.3 million people were contacted, 600,000 of them were young people. The Task Force acts as an interface between the authorities, continuously monitoring the situation and ensuring coordination between the agencies involved. At present, the number of reports of domestic violence, though high, is mostly stable.
The task force comprises the responsible federal agencies (Federal Office for Gender Equality FOGE, Federal Office of Justice FOJ and Federal Social Insurance Office FSIO) and the responsible intercantonal conferences (Conference of Cantonal Social Services CDSS, Conference of Cantonal Justice and Police Directors CCJPD and Swiss Conference against Domestic Violence SKHG).
Address for enquiries
Federal Office for Gender Equality