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Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds, but mainly women and children. This report explores the impact of family, domestic and sexual violence among vulnerable groups.
Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story, 2019: in brief is a companion to this report.
More than 30 calls a day were made to elder abuse helplines across Australia in 2017–18
1 woman was killed every 9 days and 1 man every 29 days by a partner between 2014–15 and 2015–16
26,500 children aged 0–9 were assisted by specialist homelessness services due to domestic violence in 2017–18
Police recorded 25,000 sexual assaults in 2017
First year: 2007–08
Latest year: 2017–18
Year in this publication: 2017–18
Methodology: Administrative data
Geography: National, state/territory
ABS Recorded Crime – Offenders presents statistics about the characteristics of alleged offenders who were proceeded against by police during a 12-month reference period. The collection provides a profile of alleged offenders, including their age, sex, Indigenous status, principal offence, how often they have been proceeded against by police within the reference period, as well as a count of proceedings that may result in court or non-court actions.
The scope of the collection includes all offenders, aged 10 years and over, who have been proceeded against by police during the reference period. Persons under the age of 10 are excluded from the collection as the minimum age of criminal responsibility in all Australian states and territories is 10 years.
The scope also excludes the following:
Due to quality and/or comparability issues, or an inability to supply data to the ABS, the statistics presented in this collection exclude the following:
Experimental family and domestic violence (FDV) statistics present experimental data on offenders of family and domestic violence-related offences, as recorded by police. Data about offenders of FDV-related offences is only presented for New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, Tasmania, the Northern Territory and the Australian Capital Territory. Offences were determined to be family and domestic violence-related based on an FDV flag that varies across jurisdictions based on relevant state and territory legislation, or identified as being within a specified family or domestic relationship.
A family and domestic violence-related offence is defined as an offence involving at least two persons who are in a specified family or domestic relationship and which has been determined by police officers to be family and/or domestic violence-related as part of their investigation. Family and domestic violence-related offences are limited to: homicide and related offences, acts intended to cause injury, sexual assault and related offences, abduction, harassment and other offences against the person, property damage and breach of violence and non‑violence orders.
For more information, please visit the Recorded Crime – Offenders, 2017–18, cat. no. 4519.0.
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