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Women are main victims of domestic murders

Domestic murders are responsible for 26 deaths on average every year in Switzerland, according to the Federal Statistics Office.

A study of 2000-2004 figures released on Monday shows that women are four times more likely to be killed by their partners than men.

Each year, 50 women and 11 men on average were the victims of murder or attempted murder by a partner or ex-partner. Foreign women living in Switzerland were also twice as likely to be affected than Swiss nationals.

Overall, half of the 22 annual female victims had been threatened previously before being attacked.

The figures showed that 80 per cent of aggressors had already been reported for a violent offence, and 36 per cent of male suspects had been under the influence of alcohol or another substance at the time of the attack.

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