4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

Details below refer to the most recent incident that occurred since the age 15 and less than 10 years prior to the survey.

RELATIONSHIP TO PERPETRATOR IN MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

In the most recent incident of physical assault by a female, both men and women were most likely to experience physical assault by a known person. However women were more likely than men to experience physical assault by a female stranger. Refer to Tables 8 and 9.

Men who experienced physical assault by a female

Approximately five in six men who experienced physical assault by a female were assaulted by someone that they knew in their most recent incident (84% or 438,600). The most common known perpetrator type was a previous partner, with three in ten men being physically assaulted by a previous partner in their most recent incident (30% or 156,200).

Women who experienced physical assault by a female

Approximately three-quarters of women who were physically assaulted by a female were assaulted by someone they knew in the most recent incident (74% or 240,900). The most common known perpetrator type was an acquaintance or neighbour, with one in five women being physically assaulted by an acquaintance or neighbour in their most recent incident (20% or 65,300).

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a), Relationship to perpetrator(b) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) In their most recent incident of physical assault by a female.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



LOCATION OF MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

For both men and women who were physically assaulted by a female, the most common location where the most recent incident occurred was in their home. Refer to Tables 8 and 9.

Over half of men who were physically assaulted by a female experienced the most recent incident in their home (55% or 286,200), compared to 30% of women (98,700).

Approximately one in six women who experienced physical assault by a female experienced their most recent incident at a place of entertainment or recreation (16% or 53,200), compared to less than one in 10 men (9.4% or 49,300).

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a)(b), Location of most recent incident(c) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) Location of the most recent incident of physical assault by a female. (c) Not all locations are shown. (d) Respondents were provided examples of "pub, nightclub, sporting venue etc.”.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



PHYSICAL ASSAULT BEHAVIOURS EXPERIENCED DURING MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

The majority of both men and women, who experienced physical assault by a female, were pushed, grabbed or shoved during the most recent incident (53% or 275,600 and 63% or 204,000 respectively). Refer to Tables 8 and 9.

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a), Physical assault behaviours(b)(c)(d) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) In their most recent incident of physical assault by a female. (c) More than one response may have been reported so proportions may sum to more than 100%. (d) Not all physical assault behaviours are shown.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



WHETHER PERCEIVED ALCOHOL OR OTHER SUBSTANCE CONTRIBUTED TO THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

Men and women were equally likely to perceive alcohol or another substance as contributing to the most recent incident of physical assault by a female, with just under a half of men (46% or 240,900) and women (45% or 144,600). Refer to Tables 8 and 9.


WHETHER POLICE CONTACTED ABOUT THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

The majority of men and women who experienced physical assault by a female did not contact the police about their most recent incident. There was no difference between men and women in the likelihood of contacting the police. Refer to Tables 10 and 11.

Men who experienced physical assault by a female
  • Four in five men who experienced physical assault by a female did not contact the police about their most recent incident (80% or 415,800).
  • Of those that did not contact police, the most common reasons included feeling like they could deal with the incident themselves (42% or 173,000), and not regarding the incident as a serious offence (38% or 158,600).

Women who experienced physical assault by a female
  • Three-quarters of women who experienced physical assault by a female did not contact the police about their most recent incident (75% or 243,800).
  • Of those that did not contact police, the most common reasons included feeling like they could deal with the incident themselves (37% or 90,000), and not regarding the incident as a serious offence (31% or 74,300).

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a), Whether police contacted(b) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) About their most recent incident of physical assault by a female. (c) Includes where the respondent contacted the police or where someone else contacted the police. (d) Due to the effect of perturbation the sum of components may add to greater than 100%. For more details, refer to Endnote 1.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



WHETHER PERCEIVED THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE AS A CRIME AT THE TIME

Less than half of men and women who were physically assaulted by a female perceived the most recent incident as a crime at the time the incident occurred. Refer to Tables 13 and 14.

Of persons who experienced physical assault by a female, the proportion who perceived the most recent incident as a crime was similar for both men (22% or 113,900) and women (27% or 87,400). The proportion who perceived the incident as wrong but not a crime was also similar for men (46% or 240,900) and women (42% or 137,500).

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a), Whether perceived incident as a crime(b)(c) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) About their most recent incident of physical assault by a female. (c) Persons who could not provide an answer to whether they thought the incident was a crime at the time are not included in this graph.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



WHETHER SOUGHT ADVICE OR SUPPORT ABOUT THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

Women who experienced physical assault by a female were more likely than men to have sought advice or support about the most recent incident. Refer to Tables 15 and 16.

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a), Whether sought advice or support(b) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) About their most recent incident of physical assault by a female. (c) Includes formal and informal sources of advice or support. For further information refer to Glossary. (d) Due to the effect of perturbation the sum of components may not add to 100%. For more details, refer to Endnote 1.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



Men who experienced physical assault by a female
  • Approximately two in three men who experienced physical assault by a female did not seek advice or support about the most recent incident (67% or 352,700).
  • Of those men who had sought advice or support, the most common source of support was a friend or family member (39% or 66,500).

Women who experienced physical assault by a female
  • Just over half of women who experienced physical assault by a female had sought advice or support about the most recent incident (54% or 174,400).
  • Of those women who had sought advice or support, just over half (54% or 93,700) had sought advice or support from a friend or family member.


WHETHER EXPERIENCED ANXIETY OR FEAR FOR PERSONAL SAFETY IN THE 12 MONTHS AFTER THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE

The majority of men and women who experienced physical assault by a female did not experience anxiety or fear for their personal safety in the 12 months after the most recent incident. However, women were still more likely than men to experience anxiety or fear. Refer to Tables 8 and 9.

Approximately one in five men who were physically assaulted by a female experienced anxiety or fear in the 12 months after their most recent incident (20% or 102,000). For women, about one-third experienced anxiety or fear following their most recent incident of physical assault by a female (36% or 116,100).

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT BY A FEMALE(a), Whether experienced anxiety of fear(b) by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Since the age of 15. Excludes incidents that occurred 10 years ago or more. (b) In the 12 months after their most recent incident of physical assault by a female. (c) Due to the effect of perturbation the sum of components may add to greater than 100%. For more details, refer to Endnote 1.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



ENDNOTES

Endnote 1

To minimise the risk of identifying individuals in aggregate statistics, perturbation has been applied. Perturbation involves a small random adjustment of the statistics and is considered the most satisfactory technique for avoiding the release of identifiable statistics while maximising the range of information that can be released. However as a result, these random adjustments of estimates may result in the sum of components not equalling the total or subtotal. For more details, refer to the Explanatory Notes of this publication.