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4125.0 - Gender Indicators, Australia, Feb 2014  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/02/2014   
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Safety and Justice

Violence experienced by males has declined

In 2012 the incidence of violence (either physical or sexual) experienced in the past 12 months was higher for males (9%) than females (5%). However, the incidence of violence experienced by males had decreased from 11% in 2005.

In 2012, the highest incidence of violence (physical or sexual) experienced in the past 12 months was for 18-24 year old males and females. 268,500 (or 24%) males in this age group had experienced violence, while 137,400 (or 13%) 18-24 year old females had experienced violence.



Male and female experience of physical or sexual violence during the last 12 months, by age, 2005 and 2012


Females 18 years and over were two and a half times more likely than males to have experienced violence from a partner (see note*) in the past 12 months (1.5% of all females compared to 0.6% of all males) and almost two and a half times more likely than males to have experienced sexual violence in the past 12 months (1.2% of all females compared to 0.5% of all males). In contrast, males (9%) were nearly twice as likely as females (5%) to have experienced physical violence in the previous 12 months.


Sentenced prisoners as at 2013,....men committing acts to cause injury and women committing illicit drug offences


In 2013, 21,628 or 93% of sentenced prisoners were male and 1,708 or 7% were female.

Of sentenced prisoners in 2013, acts intended to cause injury was the most common serious offence committed by males (17%), up from 12% in 2001. For females, illicit drug offences were the most common serious offence (18%), up from 11% in 2001.



Note*:
The term 'partner' in the Personal Safety Survey is used to describe a person the respondent lives with, or lived with at some point, in a married or de facto relationship.



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