4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2014 Quality Declaration 
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This document was added 09/23/2015.



EXPERIMENTAL FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS

INTRODUCTION
This supplementary release provides experimental data regarding victims of selected Family and Domestic Violence-related offences1 for selected states and territories (refer to Explanatory Note 99). The data presented in this release are drawn from police crime recording systems and are based on a Family and Domestic Violence (FDV) flag as recorded by police officers. The FDV flag is one of a number of indicators used by police to determine whether an offence is family and domestic violence-related. Users should note that not all family and domestic violence-related offences will be flagged as such on police recording systems and consequently the number of family and domestic violence-related offences may be understated.

Queensland police use a range of indicators for Family and Domestic Violence and the FDV flag is just one of these. Queensland Police use the relationship of offender to victim as their key indicator for identifying family and domestic violence-related offences. As a result, family and domestic violence-related offences as defined within these tables are likely to be substantially under-represented for Queensland. Users are advised to consider both the relationship of offender to victim data (Table 2) and the FDV flag data for Queensland to understand the number of family and domestic violence-related offences for this jurisdiction.

KEY FINDINGS

Victims of Family And Domestic Violence-Related2 Offences (Experimental Statistics)

In 2014, the number of victims of family and domestic violence-related2 homicide3 offences as recorded by police was:
  • New South Wales - 30 victims (or 4 per million persons);
  • Victoria – 32 victims (or 5 per million persons);
  • Queensland – 13 victims (or 3 per million persons);
  • South Australia – 5 victims (or 3 per million persons);
  • Western Australia - 11 victims (or 4 per million persons); and
  • Northern Territory – 4 victims (or 16 per million persons).
There were no recorded victims of family and domestic violence-related2 homicide in the Australian Capital Territory.

Graph Image for VICTIMS OF HOMICIDE AND RELATED OFFENCES, Proportion of FDV Flagged (a) Offences

Footnote(s): (a) FDV-related offences refer to those offences which have been flagged as such by police on their crime recording systems.

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Victims



In 2014, the number of victims of family and domestic violence-related2 assault4 offences as recorded by police was:
  • New South Wales – 28,780 victims (or 383 victims per 100,000 persons);
  • South Australia – 5,691 victims (or 338 victims per 100,000 persons);
  • Western Australia – 14,603 victims (or 568 victims per 100,000 persons);
  • Northern Territory – 4,287 victims (or 1,749 victims per 100,000 persons); and
  • Australian Capital Territory – 615 victims (or 159 victims per 100,000 persons).

Graph Image for VICTIMS OF ASSAULT, Proportion of FDV Flagged (a) Offences

Footnote(s): (a) FDV-related offences refer to those offences which have been flagged as such by police on their crime recording systems.

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Victims


In 2014, the number of victims of family and domestic violence-related2 sexual assault offences as recorded by police was:

  • New South Wales – 800 victims (or 11 victims per 100,000 persons);
  • Victoria – 1,321 victims (or 23 victims per 100,000 persons);
  • Queensland – 36 victims (or 8 victims per million persons);
  • South Australia – 249 victims (or 15 victims per 100,000 persons);
  • Western Australia – 544 victims (or 21 per 100,000 persons);
  • Northern Territory – 88 victims (or 36 per 100,000 persons); and
  • Australian Capital Territory – 36 victims (or 9 per 100,000 persons).

Graph Image for VICTIMS OF SEXUAL ASSAULT, Proportion of FDV Flagged (a) Offences

Footnote(s): (a) FDV-related offences refer to those offences which have been flagged as such by police on their crime recording systems.

Source(s): Recorded Crime - Victims



Females Majority of Family And Domestic Violence-Related2 Assault Victims (Experimental Statistics)

For victims of family and domestic violence-related2 assault4, there were:
  • Four times as many female victims (4,534) as male victims (1,157) in South Australia;
  • Four times as many female victims (3,482) as male victims (807) in the Northern Territory;
  • Three times as many female victims (10,648) as male victims (3,860) in Western Australia;
  • Three times as many female victims (465) as male victims (145) in Australian Capital Territory; and
  • Twice as many female victims (19,488) as male victims (9,261) in New South Wales.
Females Majority of Family And Domestic Violence-Related2 Sexual Assault Victims (Experimental Statistics)

For victims of family and domestic violence –related2 sexual assault, there were:
  • 12 times as many female victims (230) as male victims (20) in South Australia;
  • 12 times as many female victims (81) as male victims (7) in the Northern Territory;
  • Seven times as many female victims (1,147) as male victims (165) in Victoria;
  • Seven times as many female victims (471) as male victims (70) in Western Australia;
  • Six times as many female victims (692) as male victims (114) in New South Wales; and
  • Three times as many female victims (29) as male victims (9) in Australian Capital Territory.
In Queensland, there were 36 female victims and no male victims of family and domestic violence-related sexual assault2 recorded by police.

Victims of Family And Domestic Violence-Related2 Assault Most Likely to be Aged 20-34 (Experimental Statistics)

People aged 20-34 years old comprised:
  • 49% (2,105 victims) of all victims of family and domestic violence –related2 assault in Northern Territory;
  • 46% (6,761 victims) of all victims of family and domestic violence –related2 assault in Western Australia;
  • 44% (2,482 victims) of all victims of family and domestic violence –related2 assault in South Australia;
  • 44% (269 victims) of all victims of family and domestic violence –related2 assault in Australian Capital Territory; and
  • 39% (11,224 victims) of all victims of family and domestic violence –related2 assault in New South Wales.

Footnotes
    1. The experimental FDV data relates to selected personal offences only (see Explanatory Note 100).
    2. FDV-related offences refer to those offences which have been flagged as such by police on their crime recording systems.
    3. Homicide refers to Australian and New Zealand Standard Offence Classification (ANZSOC) (cat. no. 1234.0) Division 1, Homicide and related offences, excluding driving causing death.
    4. Assault statistics are not published for Victoria and Queensland due to the interpretation and implementation of the National Crime Recording Standard (NCRS) rule 2 for assault incidents varies from the standard for Victoria and Queensland (see Explanatory Note 20).