Community health centre

A Checkpoint is a health centre for gay and other men who have sex with men (MSM). The Checkpoints Vaud and Zürich also counsel transgender people and their partners.

Violence

Have you been the victim of a violent act? Homophobic and transgender phobic aggression in public or at home . What do you do?

Procedure in the case of an assault

If you have been attacked and your personal integrity; physical, psychological or sexual; has been violated, then you should immediately take the following steps:

Medical attention

Seek immediate medical help (emergency departments, your GP, 24 hour health centres).

If required seek psychological advice psychological advice

Safety

Contact the police, ask friends and neighbours for help, get in touch with Checkpoint. Maybe even seek protection from a refuge centre, change your door locks.

Collect all aggressional evidence

Proof

Collect all evidence concerning the act of aggression and undertake everything in order to retain clues. Undergo a medical check and have a medical report issued with a detailed account of your physical and psychological injuries.

Press charges / File a lawsuit

Inform the police of the assault! Violent criminals take advantage of the fear and shame felt by gays and assume that no charges will be brought against them and that they will get off scot free. Reporting the aggression and in talking about it, in ones personal, aswell as professional environment, helps to overcome the assault.

Many acts of violence are criminal offences. The police must, in any case, follow things up when they are informed of them, regardless of whether someone decides to press charges or not. The offences include, murder, attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, kidnapping, imprisonment, violation of sexual integrity, etc.

Further information on this subject

The victim support groups are responsible for the support of victims in accordance with the victim support law.

www.opferhilfe-schweiz.ch

The victim support institutions of Basel and Zürich are, in the Cantons Basel, respectively Zurich,  responsible for victims of sexual violence amongst men and homophobic violence.

Zurich: Opferberatung Zürich

Basel: Opferhilfe beider Basel