Australian Bureau of Statistics

Rate the ABS website
ABS Home > Statistics > By Release Date
ABS @ Facebook ABS @ Twitter ABS RSS ABS Email notification service
4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 13/06/2013   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All RSS Feed RSS Bookmark and Share Search this Product  
Contents >> Victims of assault, states and territories >> Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander victims

ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER VICTIMS

Of the five states and territories for which assault data are published, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status data is not available for two states and territories, Western Australia and the Australian Capital Territory. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status data for victims of assault are therefore only available for New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

In 2012, 66% (4,651) of assault victims in the Northern Territory identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In South Australia, 11% (1,687) of victims of assault identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and 7% (5,072) of victims in New South Wales.

In all selected states and territories, there was a greater incidence of assault experienced by female Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people than male Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. In the Northern Territory, 81 % (3,615) of female victims of assault identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, compared to 41% (1,036) of males.

Graph Image for ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER VICTIMS OF ASSAULT, Selected states and territories by sex

Victimisation Rate

In 2012, people who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander in origin experienced assault victimisation at a higher rate than non-Indigenous people in all selected states and territories:

  • In South Australia the victimisation rate for assault experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was more than six times the rate of non-Indigenous people (5,322 per 100,000 persons compared to 807 per 100,000 persons).
  • In the Northern Territory the victimisation rate for assault experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was more than five times the rate of non-Indigenous people (6,483 per 100,000 persons compared to 1,280 per 100,000 persons).
  • In New South Wales the victimisation rate for assault experienced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people was almost four times the rate of non-Indigenous people (2,942 per 100,000 persons compared to 811 per 100,000 persons).

In the Northern Territory, females who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander experienced assault victimisation at more than three times the rate of males who identified as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander (9,843 victims per 100,000 females; compared to 2,959 victims per 100,000 males).

In South Australia the victimisation rate for assault for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females was more than twice the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males (7,388 victims per 100,000 females; compared to 3,199 victims per 100,000 males).

In New South Wales the victimisation rate for assault for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander females was almost twice the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander males (3,849 victims per 100,000 females; compared to 2,033 victims per 100,000 males).

In contrast, in all selected states and territories, the victimisation rate for assault for non-Indigenous males was higher than for non-Indigenous females.

Previous PageNext Page


Bookmark and Share. Opens in a new window


Commonwealth of Australia 2014

Unless otherwise noted, content on this website is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 Australia Licence together with any terms, conditions and exclusions as set out in the website Copyright notice. For permission to do anything beyond the scope of this licence and copyright terms contact us.