4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE – MOST RECENT INCIDENT

The 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over on some characteristics of the most recent incident (MRI) of violence experienced since the age of 15, for each of the following eight types of violence:

  1. Physical assault by a male perpetrator
  2. Physical threat by a male perpetrator
  3. Sexual assault by a male perpetrator
  4. Sexual threat by a male perpetrator
  5. Physical assault by a female perpetrator
  6. Physical threat by a female perpetrator
  7. Sexual assault by a female perpetrator
  8. Sexual threat by a female perpetrator

Detailed information about the MRI was collected, but only if the incident occurred less than 10 years prior to the survey. This detailed information included:
  • The characteristics of the violent incident e.g. information about the perpetrator, the violent behaviours involved, the location, whether alcohol or any other substance was involved, and whether physical injuries were sustained.
  • The actions taken in response to the violent incident e.g. whether the incident was reported to police and whether advice or support was sought after the incident.
  • The longer-term impacts of the violent incident e.g. whether anxiety or fear was experienced following the incident, whether time was taken off work, and whether changes were made to their usual routine as a result of the incident.

Note: the level of detail collected for each type of violence varied, and not all of the data collected is able to be published due to higher levels of error associated with lower prevalence types of violence, such as sexual assault by a female perpetrator. The availability and detail of most recent incident data will therefore vary across the different types of violence, as well as between men and women. Only data considered sufficiently reliable enough for general use has been published. For more information on the data collected for each type of violence and data quality, refer to the Violence – Most Recent Incident and Data Quality and Technical Notes pages of the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).

Note: MRI data cannot be summed across the different types of violence to produce an aggregated total for any of the data items. Persons may have experienced more than one of the different types of violence and are included separately for each type.