When nightclub security agents assault clients

J Forensic Leg Med. 2012 Aug;19(6):341-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jflm.2012.02.020. Epub 2012 Mar 15.


In 2006, a medico-legal consultation service devoted to adult victims of interpersonal violence was set up at the Lausanne University Hospital Centre, Switzerland: the Violence Medical Unit. Most patients are referred to the consultation by the Emergency Department. They are received by forensic nurses for support, forensic examination (in order to establish medical report) and community orientation. Between 2007 and 2009, among community violence, aggressions by security agents of nightclubs on clients have increased from 6% to 10%. Most of the victims are young men who had drunk alcohol before the assault. 25.7% presented one or several fractures, all of them in the head area. These findings raise questions about the ability of security agents of nightclubs to deal adequately with obviously risky situations and ensure client security.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Alcohol Drinking / epidemiology
  • Emergency Service, Hospital
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Occupations*
  • Sick Leave
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Violence / statistics & numerical data*
  • Weapons / statistics & numerical data
  • Wounds and Injuries / economics
  • Wounds and Injuries / epidemiology*