Youth Violence


The question of whether youth violence in Switzerland is increasing or decreasing has attracted public and media attention ever since the 1990s. To shed light on this issue, we have carried out a series of surveys among youths in the Canton of Zurich. These data, collected among high school students in 1999, 2007, and 2014, are unique in Switzerland as they reveal time-trends in youth violence across the past 17 years. A particular focus of the study is on (night-life related) violence in the public space, another on sexual and dating violence.