4510.0 - Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2019  
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Victims of family and domestic violence related offences

Homicide and related offences

In 2019 almost a third (30%) of all homicide and related offences were family and domestic violence (FDV) related (125 victims). Since 2018, the number of FDV-related homicides declined by 11% (15 victims). Western Australia recorded the largest decrease in victims over this period, down from 38 to 12 victims.

For victims of FDV-related homicide and related offences in 2019:

  • Almost two-thirds (64%) were female (80 victims)
  • Most (83%) occurred at a residential location (104 victims)
  • The majority (62%) involved the use of a weapon (77 victims), most commonly a knife (45 victims)
  • Over half were victims of murder (59% or 74 victims)


Assault

At least two out of five assaults were recorded as FDV-related in 2019, ranging from 41% in the Australian Capital Territory to 63% in Western Australia.

The number of FDV-related victims increased in most jurisdictions between 2018 and 2019:
  • New South Wales (up 4% to 30,937 victims)
  • Western Australia (up 10% to 19,437 victims)
  • South Australia (up 10% to 8,009 victims)
  • Tasmania (up 7% to 1,576 victims)
  • Australian Capital Territory (up 12% to 978 victims)

The only jurisdiction to record a decline over this time period was the Northern Territory, down 8% to 4,030 victims.

The victimisation rates also increased in most states and territories in 2019 with:
  • The largest increase in Western Australia (from 684 to 741 victims per 100,000 persons)
  • The only decrease in the Northern Territory (from 1,762 to 1,639 victims per 100,000 persons)

For victims of FDV-related assault in 2019:
  • Over two-thirds were female, ranging from 66% in New South Wales to 80% in the Northern Territory
  • The most common age group across all jurisdictions was 25 to 34 years
  • Most occurred at a residential location, ranging from 42% in the Northern Territory to 86% in New South Wales
  • Offences involving a weapon varied from 4% in New South Wales to 42% in the Northern Territory
  • Females were most commonly offended against by an intimate partner. This ranged from 63% in New South Wales to 88% in Tasmania
  • Males were most commonly offended against by an intimate partner in Tasmania and the Northern Territory, and by an ‘other family member’ (including parents, siblings or grandparents) in all remaining jurisdictions

Victims of FDV-related assault, Proportion (%) where the offender was an intimate partner, Selected jurisdictions, 2019

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Commonwealth of Australia 2019


Sexual assault

There were 8,985 victims of FDV-related sexual assault in Australia in 2019. After accounting for population growth, the victimisation rate remained constant between 2018 and 2019 at 35 FDV-related victims per 100,000 persons.

Around a third (33%) of all sexual assaults in 2019 were FDV-related.

For victims of FDV-related sexual assault in 2019:
  • Females were assaulted at a rate six times higher than males (60 and 10 victims per 100,000 females and males, respectively).
  • Most were under the age of 19 years (72% of males and 52% of females)
  • The majority (88%) of offences occurred at a residential location (7,928 victims)
  • Almost all (94%) did not involve the use of a weapon (8,418 victims)
  • Males were most commonly offended against by an ‘other family member’ (including parents, siblings or grandparents). This ranged from 60% in the Northern Territory to 100% in Tasmania.
  • Females were most commonly offended against by an intimate partner in most jurisdictions (ranging from 47% in the Northern Territory to 54% in the Australian Capital Territory). Females were most commonly offended against by an ‘other family member’ (including parents, siblings or grandparents) in Queensland (71%) and New South Wales (57%)

Kidnapping/abduction

There were 151 victims of FDV-related kidnapping/abduction in Australia in 2019.

For victims of FDV-related kidnapping/abduction:
  • The majority (83%) were female (126 victims)
  • Over two-fifths (44%) were aged between 20 and 34 years (66 victims)
  • Most (76%) took place at a residential location (114 victims)
  • Three-quarters did not involve the use of a weapon (113 victims)