4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15 Endnote 1

It was estimated that nearly two in five people (39% or 7.2 million) aged 18 years and over had experienced violence since the age of 15. This included 42% of men (3.8 million) and 37% of women (3.4 million). Refer to Table 3.

Men’s experience of violence, Since the age of 15
PSS 2016 Tree Diagram Men's experience of violence, Since the age of 15
(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.

Women’s experience of violence, Since the age of 15
PSS 2016 Tree Diagram Women's experience of violence, Since the age of 15
(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.

Both men and women were more likely to have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 than sexual violence. However the likelihood of experiencing these types of violence differed by sex.

Men were more likely than women to have experienced physical violence since the age of 15:
  • Four in ten men (41% or 3.7 million) had experienced physical violence, with physical assault experienced by over a third of men (34% or 3.1 million) and physical threat experienced by 18% (1.6 million).
  • Three in ten women (31% or 2.9 million) had experienced physical violence, with physical assault experienced by over a quarter of women (27% or 2.6 million) and physical threat experienced by 10% (960,100).

Women were more likely than men to have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15:
  • Almost one in five women had experienced sexual violence (18% or 1.7 million), with sexual assault experienced by 17% (1.6 million) and sexual threat experienced by 4% (339,900).
  • Almost one in twenty men experienced sexual violence (4.7% or 428,800), with sexual assault experienced by 4.3% (384,800) and sexual threat experienced by less than 1% (73,500).

Graph Image for PERSONS AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type(s) of violence experienced since the age of 15 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.