The experimental family and domestic violence (FDV) statistics presented here include defendants finalised during 2021–22 who had at least one FDV-related offence. For these statistics, an FDV-related offence includes Homicide and related offences, Acts intended to cause injury (such as assault), Sexual assault and related offences, Abduction/harassment, Property damage, Breach of violence order, and Other dangerous or negligent acts.
National FDV data is available from 2019–20, although it should be noted that court operations in all three years were impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and changes may reflect these impacts rather than, for example, crime rates or sentencing changes. For some states, there has also been substantial improvements in the identification of FDV-related offences over this period, which has increased counts of defendants. For more information on how defendants and offences in each state and territory are identified as ‘FDV’, refer to Methodology, Family and domestic violence statistics section.
Defendants may appear in two court levels for the same charge, such as those committed from the Magistrates’ court to a Higher court for trial or sentencing, however in the statistics presented here, only the latter finalisation (excluding transfers) is included to avoid double counting.
Read more in Methodology, Family and domestic violence statistics section.