4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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DEMOGRAPHICS OF THOSE WHO EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS

In addition to collecting information for men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence over the 12 months prior to the survey, the 2016 PSS also collected a range of information about their demographics. This included age, language, education, country of birth, disability status, and State or Territory of usual residence. The following selection of characteristics are analysed here:
    • Broad age groups
    • Disability Status, and
    • State or Territory of usual residence.

Refer to Tables 6 and 7.

PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS – BROAD AGE GROUPS

For both men and women, the experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey differed by age group.

Compared to the overall male violence prevalence rate of 6% (543,900):
    • Men in the 18-24 years and 25-34 years age groups were more likely to have experienced violence. In 2016, an estimated 11% of men aged 18-24 years (120,400) and 9.3% of men aged 25-34 years (163,000) experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.
    • Men aged 55-64 years and 65 years and over were less likely to have experienced violence. In 2016, an estimated 2.8% of men aged 55-64 years (38,600) and 1.4% of men aged 65 years and over (23,800) experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Compared to the overall female violence prevalence rate of 4.7% (444,700):
    • Women in the 18-24 year age groups were the most likely to have experienced violence. In 2016, an estimated 12% of women aged 18-24 years (129,100) experienced violence in the 12 months prior to interview.
    • Women aged 65 years and over were the least likely to have experienced violence. In 2016, an estimated 1.2% of women aged 65 years and over (21,200) experienced violence in the 12 months prior to interview.

Graph Image for MEN AND WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Violence in the last 12 months by broad age groups(a)(b), 2016

Footnote(s): (a) Refers to age at time of the survey. (b) Includes any physical and/or sexual violence experienced in the 12 months prior to the survey.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS BY DISABILITY STATUS

The 2016 PSS collected information to determine whether or not someone had a disability or long-term health condition at the time of the survey. For more information about how disability was defined and potential under-representation of persons with a disability in the sample, refer to the Disability page in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).

Women with a disability or long-term health condition were more likely to have experienced violence than women without a disability or long-term health condition. In 2016, an estimated 5.9% (172,800) of women with a disability or long-term health condition experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey, compared to 4.3% (274,400) of those with no disability or long-term health condition.

The proportion of men who experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey was similar for men with a disability or long-term health condition (5.6% or 158,100) and men without a disability or long-term health condition (6.2% or 383,200).

Graph Image for MEN AND WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Violence in the last 12 months by disability status(a)(b)(c), 2016

Footnote(s): (a) Refers to disability status at the time of the survey. (b) Includes any physical and/or sexual violence experienced in the 12 months prior to the survey. (c) A person was defined as having a disability or long-term health condition if they had one or more conditions which had lasted, or were likely to last, for six months or more, and that restricted every day activities. For further information, refer to the Glossary.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016