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PHYSICAL ASSAULT Endnote 1
Physical assault excludes:
WHO EXPERIENCED PHYSICAL ASSAULT IN 2012-13? (see Data cube 3, Table 9)
During the 12 months prior to interview, an estimated 498,000 people experienced at least one incident of physical assault in Australia (2.7% of the population), with more males estimated to have experienced physical assault than females (3.2% and 2.2% respectively).
The physical assault victimisation rate for persons aged between 15-19 years (5.1%) and 20-24 years (5.0%) was higher than the rate for persons aged 35-44 years (3.3%), 45-54 years (2.2%), 55-64 years (1.3%) and 65 years and over (0.5%).
Victims of physical assault were more likely to live outside capital cities, with an estimated victimisation rate of 3.1% (204,600 victims) compared to 2.5% (293,400 victims) for people living in capital cities.
EXPERIENCE OF MULTIPLE VICTIMISATION (see Data Cube 2, Table 5)
Victims of physical assault were most likely to experience a single incident in the 12 months prior to interview (47.2%), with an estimated 21.2% experiencing two incidents and 30.3% experiencing three or more incidents.
Male victims of physical assault were more likely to experience a single incident than female victims (52.1% of male victims compared to 40.1% of female victims), whereas female victims of physical assault were more likely to experience three or more incidents (35.7% of female victims compared to 26.5% of male victims).
REPORTING RATE (see Data cube 3, Table 9)
In the 12 months prior to interview in 2012-13, an estimated 247,700 victims of physical assault (49.7% of all physical assault victims) reported the most recent incident they experienced to the police.
CHARACTERISTICS OF PHYSICAL ASSAULT INCIDENTS (see Data cube 3, Table 9)
This section discusses characteristics of the most recent incident for persons who were victims of physical assault in the 12 months prior to interview.
In the most recent incident of physical assault experienced by victims:
1 All comparisons discussed have been tested for statistical significance with a 95% level of confidence that there is a real difference between the two populations being tested. Only data with a relative standard error (RSE) of less than 25% is referred to in the text of this publication. For further information, refer to the Technical Note.
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