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Domestic violence

Increasingly, society’s taboos surrounding domestic violence are being removed. Thus, offenders are being criminalised – whereby the estimated number of unreported cases remains high and victims’ ability to express themselves is limited. In this field, the institute, for example, looks at the frequency and consequences of violence against children within families.

Juvenile delinquency and violence

The handling of youths’ deviant behaviour is a central topic in Swiss social work, due to the specific interconnection of youth care with the justice system. Alongside issues of (universal and selective) prevention, as well as issues regarding the cause and aetiology of delinquency, the institute also focuses on the handling of adolescent and young adult offenders. In addition, the institute addresses various forms of extremism and how they come about.

Reintegration of offenders

Political pressure and social trends, such as the zero-risk society, are leading to an increased need for justification of the reintegration mandate. The institute’s interest is focused on structured interventions for the reintegration of offenders on the case level and on the institutional level. The current make-up of the penal system in Switzerland is also studied.