4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS Endnote 1

In 2016, an estimated 5.4% of persons aged 18 years and over (989,500) experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. Men were more likely than women to experience violence. An estimated 6% of men (543,900) reported experiencing violence in the 12 months prior to the survey, compared to 4.7% of women (444,700). Refer to Table 1.

Men’s experience of violence, In the last 12 months

PSS 2016 Tree Diagram Men's experience of violence, In the last 12 months
* Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.
** Estimate has a relative standard error of greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

(a) Due to rounding and the effect of perturbation the sum of components may not add to the total. For more details, refer to Endnote 1.
(b) People may have experienced multiple types of violence. Components therefore may not add to the totals.

Women’s experience of violence, In the last 12 months

PSS 2016 Tree Diagram Women's experience of violence, In the last 12 months
(a) Due to rounding and the effect of perturbation the sum of sub-totals may not add to the total. For more details, refer to Endnote 1.
(b) People may have experienced multiple types of violence. Components therefore may not add to the totals.

For both men and women who experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey, physical violence was more common than sexual violence. However the likelihood of experiencing these types of violence differed by sex:
    • Men were more likely to experience physical violence than women. In 2016 it was estimated that 5.4% of men (485,400) experienced physical violence in the 12 months prior to the survey compared to 3.5% of women (329,500).
    • Women were more likely to experience sexual violence than men. In 2016 it was estimated that 1.8% of women (171,600) experienced sexual violence in the 12 months prior to the survey compared to less than 1% of men (*62,700).
      * Estimate has a relative standard error of 25% to 50% and should be used with caution.

Graph Image for PERSONS AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type(s) of violence experienced in the last 12 months by sex, 2016

Footnote(s): (a) Includes physical assault and/or physical threat. (b) Includes sexual assault and/or sexual threat. (c) Includes physical violence and/or sexual violence. (d) People may have experienced multiple types of violence. Components therefore may not add to the totals.

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.