Survey of the population of Kleinbasel on the subject of domestic violence

The Basel cantonal police have evaluated a survey of the population of Kleinbasel regarding behavior when domestic violence is observed. The aim was to focus the strategies and programs of prevention work.

The Basel Cantonal Police publishes survey results on the subject of domestic violence. (Symbolic image: Keystone/DPA/Maurizio Gambarini)

Kleinbasel residents were asked what acts they consider to be acts of domestic violence and in which cases they would intervene as outsiders, as detailed in the report published on Wednesday. Report entitled "Civil courage and attitude towards domestic violence in Kleinbasel" is called. The survey and the associated "Halt Violence" awareness campaign were launched at the end of 2022 ( reported).

There was a broad consensus in the assessment of various offense areas. "Shouting at each other, slamming doors" was rated as unacceptable by 84 percent of respondents, while acts such as "child abuse, love abuse, self-harm" or "choking or hitting someone" were rated as "not okay at all" by 96 or 100 percent of respondents.

Strong need for sensitization

There is a strong need to raise awareness of how outsiders should behave, the report continues. The question about civil courage showed that 75 percent of respondents would intervene in the event of violence against people they did not know and 94 percent would intervene in the event of violence against people they knew. However, quite a few respondents were also afraid of doing the wrong thing, such as unnecessarily alerting the police.

The survey results are a valuable indicator for the "Stop Violence" project. They should help to develop further targeted measures and campaigns that raise awareness of domestic violence and encourage active intervention.

So far, around 400 people have taken part in workshops and strengthened their strategies for civil courage, writes the cantonal police. And through outreach work, over 700 people in Kleinbasel have been involved in conversations and provided with information.

Responses from 387 people were evaluated for the survey. The response rate was a low 7.74 percent. (SDA)

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