4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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PERPETRATORS OF VIOLENCE (SINCE THE AGE OF 15)

The 2016 PSS collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about their experience of violence since the age of 15 by different types of male and female perpetrators.

Perpetrator types include current partner, previous partner, boyfriend/girlfriend or date, other known man/woman and stranger. Refer to the Glossary for definitions of perpetrator types.

This section analyses men’s and women’s experience of physical, sexual and total violence since the age of 15 by main perpetrator types. For more detailed information refer to Tables 3 and 4.

For more detailed information about current and previous partner violence refer to the Experience of Partner Violence page of this publication.

PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15 – RELATIONSHIP TO PERPETRATOR

Violence by a stranger since the age of 15

Men were approximately three times as likely as women to have experienced violence by a stranger. Over one in four men (27% or 2.5 million) experienced violence by a stranger, compared to almost one in ten women (9.4% or 880,800).

Violence by a current partner since the age of 15

Women were more likely than men to have experienced violence by a current partner. An estimated 2.9% of women (275,000) experienced violence by a current partner, compared to 1.7% of men (150,300).

Violence by a previous partner since the age of 15

Women were more than three times as likely as men to have experienced violence by a previous partner. Just over one in seven women (15% or 1.4 million) experienced violence by a previous partner, compared to almost one in twenty men (4.4% or 397,300).

Violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend/date since the age of 15

Women were nearly four times as likely as men to have experienced violence by a boyfriend, girlfriend or date. About 7.4% of women (694,200) experienced violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend/date, compared to 1.9% of men (174,000).

Violence by other known person(s) since the age of 15

Men and women were equally likely to have experienced violence by an other known person (20% or 1.8 million for both males and females). The most common perpetrator type in this category was acquaintance or neighbour, for both men (7.4% or 666,900) and women (7% or 653,800).