Every year, thousands of children in Switzerland witness domestic violence between their parents or other family members. They suffer direct psychological abuse, sometimes resulting in life-long trauma. Even if these children are not directly affected by the physical violence themselves, they are still victims.
"We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them." This universally valid adage from Albert Einstein can also be well applied to the situation of legal proceedings that involve children and young people.
This year, the motion from Ruedi Noser for the creation of an Ombuds Office for children’s rights was debated and adopted by both the National Council and the Council of States. This is a success for children’s rights in Switzerland that is also thanks to the political commitment of the OSKR Alliance.