Family domestic violence accounted for 38% of homicides says ABS report

July 14, 2016

domestic violence 3More than a third of sexual assaults and homicides recorded in Australia last year were domestic violence-related, according to new figures released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS).

In the 2014-2015 report released this week, 7,464 people were sexually assaulted within a domestic relationship, while 158 people were killed by a family member or someone with whom they were in a domestic relationship. The majority of family-violence related victims were female and indigenous Australians are more likely to be the victims of a crime.

The 2015 crime statistics also show that there were 21,380 victims of sexual assault across the country, a rise of 3 per cent on the previous year, and a six year high.

Females aged between 15 and 19 were seven times more likely than the general population to be sexually assaulted, and most of the sexual assaults took place in a home, and did not involve a weapon.

Only Tasmania and the Northern Territory saw a decrease in the number of sexual assault victims.

For both sexual assault and homicide, the majority of family-violence related victims were female, 84 per cent and 65 per cent respectively.

The ABS compiled the figures by asking state and territory police forces for their crime statistics, and also surveying households.

It is important to note that comparative state figures might be affected by different collection methods, and that rises in family violence-related statistics could be partly explained by more willingness to report these offences. To read more click here.

The 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference; Providing the Skills for Change will be held on 5 – 7 December at the Mercure Hotel in Brisbane.

With an improved focus and awareness on the effect of Domestic and Family Violence within Australia, the Australian and New Zealand Mental Health Association is providing a national unified platform to discuss the strain of Domestic Violence on Australian resources and facilities. Registrations are now open. To register for the Conference CLICK HERE.

With a focus on building skills within the sector, the conference will include discussion and presentations around policy, research and practice with a particular emphasis on innovative and emerging responses.

Authors or organisations interested in presenting at the 2016 STOP Domestic Violence Conference are invited to submit an abstract. To submit an abstract CLICK HERE. Abstracts close 22nd August 2016.

Research has demonstrated that domestic violence is a global issue of epidemic proportions (WHO, 2013) and affects all cultures, ages, genders and socio-economic groups. Domestic violence does not discriminate.

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