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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.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner
Indigenous people were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised for family violence as non-Indigenous people in 2016–17
1 woman was killed every 9 days and 1 man every 29 days by a partner between 2014–15 and 2015–16
More than 30 calls a day were made to elder abuse helplines across Australia in 2017–18
First year: 1993
Latest year: 2017
Year in this publication: 2017
Methodology: Administrative dataset
Geography: National, state/territory
ABS Recorded Crime – Victims, presents statistics about victims of selected offences that came to the attention of, and were recorded by police during a 12-month reference period. Selected characteristics about the victim (including sex and age) or incident (including weapon use and location) are also presented, as well as the outcome of the police investigation at 30 days from the time of report. Information about the relationship of the offender to the victim and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status of the victim is also presented for selected states and territories.
Recorded Crime – Victims presents information about victims of a selected range of offences. Statistics in this publication relate to both completed and attempted offences, i.e. those where the intent is not fulfilled. Attempts to commit an offence are classified to the same ANZSOC divisions and/or subdivisions as completed offences, with the exception of:
The scope excludes the following:
Victims of crime as recorded by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) are out of scope of this publication. As such, victims of crime in Australia’s ‘other territories’ such as Christmas Island, the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Jervis Bay Territory are out of scope as these territories are under AFP jurisdiction.
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:
Victims of Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) related offences presents statistics about victims of selected offences where the relationship of offender to victim, as stored on police systems, falls within a specified family or domestic relationship, or where an FDV flag has been recorded, following a police investigation. National statistics are available for selected offences only. Family and domestic violence data for selected states and territories are available for 2014–2017 reference periods.
Victims of family and domestic violence related offences are identified where the relationship of offender to victim falls within a specified family or domestic relationship. Victims of family and domestic violence can also be identified where an FDV flag has been recorded following a police investigation. Offences that can be identified as FDV–related include: murder, attempted murder, manslaughter, assault, sexual assault, kidnapping and abduction.
For more information, visit Recorded Crime – Victims, 2017, cat. no. 4510.0.
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