4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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WOMEN’S EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE OVER TIME – CURRENT STATE OR TERRITORY OF USUAL RESIDENCE

The PSS has previously been conducted in 2012 and 2005. For more information on comparability of prevalence of violence data over time, refer to the Violence Prevalence page in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).

This section discusses comparisons of change in key violence estimates from previous survey periods for each state and territory. The reference period presented for all state and territory estimates is experiences of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey.

The PSS collects information about a person’s state or territory of usual residence at the time of the survey although this is not necessarily the state or territory in which the violence took place.


PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE OVER TIME

Between 2005 and 2016, the proportion of women experiencing violence in the last 12 months remained steady across all states and territories, except in Victoria where there was a decline from 6.5% in 2005 to 4.6% in 2016. Refer to Table 2 of the State and Territory Tables.

Between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of women experiencing violence in the last 12 months also remained stable across all states and territories, except in the Australian Capital Territory where there was a decline from 6.3% in 2012 to 4.5% in 2016.

Graph Image for WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Experienced violence(a) in the last 12 months, States and territories, 2005 to 2016

Footnote(s): (a) Violence includes sexual violence and/or physical violence.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016




PREVALENCE OF PHYSICAL VIOLENCE OVER TIME

Over the last decade, the proportion of women who experienced physical violence in the last 12 months remained steady across most states and territories, except in Victoria where there was a decline from 5.3% in 2005 to 3.3% in 2016. Refer to Table 2 of the State and Territory Tables.

Between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of women who experienced physical violence in the last 12 months remained stable in most states and territories except Western Australia and the Northern Territory where there were decreases:
  • Western Australia ( 6.2% in 2012 to 4.2% in 2016)
  • Northern Territory (7.3% in 2012 to 4.9% in 2016).

Graph Image for WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Experienced physical violence(a) in the last 12 months, States and territories, 2005 to 2016

Footnote(s): (a) Physical violence includes physical assault and/or physical threat.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016




PREVALENCE OF SEXUAL VIOLENCE OVER TIME

Between 2005 and 2016, the proportion of women experiencing sexual violence in the last 12 months remained steady across all states and territories. Refer to Table 2 of the State and Territory Tables.

Between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of women experiencing sexual violence in the last 12 months also remained steady for most states and territories, except in Victoria and the Australian Capital Territory:
  • Victoria increased from 0.8% in 2012 to 2.2% in 2016
  • Australian Capital Territory decreased from 2.3% in 2012 to 1.2% in 2016.