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

Note: Where a person has experienced violence by more than one perpetrator type or experienced violence by the same perpetrator type for more than one type of violence (e.g. physical assault and sexual assault), they are counted separately for each type of perpetrator or violence 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 an intimate partner and an other known person, they would be counted against each perpetrator (ie. physical violence by an intimate partner and physical violence by an other known person) but they would only be counted once in the total for those who had experienced physical violence.
  • if a person has experienced physical violence by stranger and sexual violence by a stranger, they would be counted against each type of violence by perpetrator (ie. physical violence by a stranger and sexual violence by a 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 PERPETRATOR

Physical violence

Men were more likely to have experienced physical violence by a stranger than a known person. An estimated 27% of men (2.4 million) experienced physical violence by a stranger compared with 23% of men (2.1 million) who experienced physical violence by a known person. Men who experienced physical violence by a known person most commonly reported that the perpetrator was an acquaintance or neighbour (6.9% or 627,100), followed by a previous partner (4.2% or 383,000), and friend or housemate (4.2% or 380,500).

Sexual violence

Men were more likely to have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15 by a known person than a stranger. An estimated 3.7% of men (330,300) had experienced sexual violence by a known person, compared to 1.4% (128,300) who had experienced sexual violence by a stranger.

Graph Image for MEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type(s) of violence experienced(a) by relationship to 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. (e) Includes current partner, previous partner (lived with), boyfriend/girlfriend or date and ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15 BY TYPE OF VIOLENCE AND RELATIONSHIP OF PERPETRATOR

Physical violence

Women were more likely to have experienced physical violence by a known person than a stranger. More than one in four women (27% or 2.6 million) had experienced physical violence by a known person, compared to 6% of women (561,700) who experienced physical violence by a stranger.

Nearly one in five women (19% or 1.8 million) had experienced physical violence by an intimate partner, with the most commonly reported perpetrator being a previous partner (13% or 1.3 million).

Sexual violence

Women were also more likely to have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15 by a known person than a stranger. Approximately one in six women (16% or 1.5 million) had experienced sexual violence by a known person, compared to 4.6% (433,300) who had experienced sexual violence by a stranger.

An estimated 9.2% of women (864,000) had experienced sexual violence by an intimate partner, the most commonly reported being a previous partner (4.5% or 422,300), and a boyfriend/girlfriend or date (4.3% or 399,000).

Graph Image for WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type of violence experienced(a) by relationship to 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. (e) Includes current partner, previous partner (lived with), boyfriend/girlfriend or date and ex-boyfriend/girlfriend.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016