- Trend in assault
- Victims of assault
- Victim-offender relationship
- Location of assault
The ABS defines assault as the direct infliction of force, injury or violence upon a person, including attempts or threats. It excludes sexual assault.
There were 176,427 recorded assaults in Australia in 2007, constituting 840 victims per 100,000 of the population.
- The trend in assaults shows an average growth of five percent each year from 1995 to 2007, four times the annual growth of the Australian population in the same period.
- Assault is seasonal. The number of assaults peaks in the spring and summer months of October to February and is lowest from April to July.
Victims of assault
- Fifty-eight percent of recorded assault victims in 2007 were male.
- Males had higher victimisation rates than females in all age groups.
- As in previous years, males and females aged 15 to 24 experienced assault at the highest rates.
Assault victim-offender relationship
a: Excludes Queensland and Western Australia (information not available). Also excludes the 9% of instances where the relationship between victim and offender was not stated or not known in the remaining jurisdictions
b: Known other includes known non-family and known but not further defined, which may include some family members
Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics 1997-2007. Recorded crime, victims, Australia (various years; title varies). ABS cat. no. 4510.0. Canberra: ABS
- Where the relationship between victim and offender was stated, 81% of female victims of assault knew the offender, compared with 49% of male victims.
- Assaults against females were more than twice as likely to be perpetrated by a family member as those against males.
- Male victims were much more likely to have been assaulted by a stranger (51%) than female victims (19%).
Location of assault
n = 162,455 (excludes residential locations that could not be classified as a dwelling or as outbuilding/other residential land)
a: Includes transport
b: Includes unspecified location
- Recorded assaults occurred most frequently in dwellings (42%), then on streets or footpaths (24%).
- Retail and other community locations accounted for 13 percent and nine percent respectively of recorded assaults.
- Recorded assaults were least likely to occur in recreational locations (6%) and residential locations peripheral to dwellings (3%).
Assault victims, type of location, 2003 (percent)(a)
a: ABS has not released state-based data on location broken down by gender since 2003
Source: Extracted from Australian Bureau of Statistics recorded crime data
- Most male victims (70%) were assaulted in non-residential locations, whereas the majority of female victims (58%) were assaulted in residential premises.
Recent AIC publications
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