4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15 - RELATIONSHIP TO PERPETRATOR BY SEX OF PERPETRATOR

Both men and women were more likely to have experienced violence since the age of 15 by a male perpetrator than a female perpetrator:
  • Nearly two in five men (39% or 3.5 million) experienced violence by a male perpetrator, compared to around one in eight (12% or 1.1 million) who experienced violence by a female perpetrator.
  • Just over one in three women (34% or 3.2 million) experienced violence by a male perpetrator, compared to almost one in ten (9.2% or 866,500) who experienced violence by a female perpetrator.

Note: Where a person has experienced violence by more than one type of perpetrator of the same sex (e.g. female stranger and female known person), or experienced violence by the same type of perpetrator for each sex (e.g. female known person and male known person), they are counted separately for each type of perpetrator but are only counted once in the aggregated totals. Components therefore may not add to the totals and cannot be summed to produce totals where they are not presented. For more detailed information refer to Tables 3 and 4.

For example:
  • if a person has experienced physical violence by a male stranger and a male known person, they would be counted against each perpetrator (ie. physical violence by a male stranger and physical violence by a male known person) but they would only be counted once in the total for those who had experienced physical violence by a male
  • if a person has experienced physical violence by male stranger and sexual violence by a female stranger, they would be counted against each type of violence by perpetrator (ie. physical violence by a male stranger and sexual violence by a female stranger) but they would only be counted once for those who had experienced violence by a stranger.

MEN’S EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15 BY TYPE OF VIOLENCE AND RELATIONSHIP TO AND SEX OF PERPETRATOR

Physical violence

Men were most likely to have experienced physical violence by a male stranger. Over a quarter of men (26% or 2.4 million) had experienced physical violence by a male stranger, compared to 2.3% (205,500) who experienced physical violence by a female stranger.

Men were approximately twice as likely to have experienced physical violence by a male known person (18% or 1.6 million) as by a female known person (9.4% or 849,600). An estimated 6.5% (587,900) of men experienced physical violence by a male acquaintance or neighbour. Approximately 4% (361,200) of men experienced physical violence by a female previous partner.

Sexual violence

Men were as likely to have experienced sexual violence by a male (2.4% or 219,000) as by a female (2.6% or 236,700). Men were more likely to have experienced sexual violence by a known female (2.3% or 206,000) than a known male (1.6% or 142,500). However, men were more likely to have experienced sexual violence by a male stranger (1% or 89,000) than a female stranger (less than 1% or 40,800).

Graph Image for MEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type(s) of violence experienced(a) by relationship to and sex of perpetrator(b)

Footnote(s): (a) Types of violence experienced since the age of 15. (b) Men may have experienced violence by more than one type of perpetrator (e.g. male and female, or known person and stranger). Men may also have experienced both physical and sexual violence. Therefore components cannot be summed to produce totals. (c) Includes physical assault and/or physical threat. (d) Includes sexual assault and/or sexual threat.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



WOMEN’S EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15 BY TYPE OF VIOLENCE AND RELATIONSHIP TO AND SEX OF PERPETRATOR

Physical violence

A quarter of women (25% or 2.3 million) had experienced physical violence by a male known person, compared to 6.9% (642,400) who had experienced physical violence by a female known person. Women were most likely to have experienced physical violence by a male previous partner (13% or 1.2 million).

Women were also more likely to have experienced physical violence by a male stranger than a female stranger. An estimated 4.2% of women (397,800) had experienced physical violence by a male stranger, compared to 2.4% (228,800) who experienced physical violence by a female stranger.

Sexual violence

Approximately one in six women (16% or 1.5 million) had experienced sexual violence by a male known person, compared to less than 1% (57,400) who had experienced sexual violence by a female known person. An estimated 4.5% of women (418,900) had experienced sexual violence by a male previous partner, and 4.3% (398,700) had experienced sexual violence by a boyfriend/date.

Graph Image for WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type of violence experienced(a) by relationship and sex of perpetrator(b)

Footnote(s): (a) Types of violence experienced since the age of 15. (b) People may have experienced violence by more than one perpetrator type or more than one type of violence by the same perpetrator type. Therefore components cannot be summed to obtain totals. (c) Includes physical assault and/or physical threat (d) Includes sexual assault and/or sexual threat.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016