Family Incidents

This data has now been superseded and is for historical reference only. For the most accurate data, the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) recommends the use of data from the most recent release. The CSA does not recommend the use of this data to make comparisons over time.

A family incident is an incident attended by Victoria Police where a Victoria Police Risk Assessment and Risk Management Report (also known as an L17 form) was completed and recorded on LEAP.

Key movements in the number and rate of family incidents

 

Family Incidents - Tabular Visualisation

The family incidents data visualisation contains the number and rate of family incidents recorded in Victoria, as well as demographic characteristics of affected family members and other parties. You can also view crime data by local government area in the Crime by location tool. Data for these visualisations are available via the Download data button on the latest crime data webpage.

Demographic characteristics of affected family members

An ‘affected family member’ is the individual who is deemed to be affected by events occurring during a family incident. Where an individual is involved in multiple family incidents within the reference period they will be counted for each incident that they are involved in.

Where more than one affected family member has been affected by one other party within a family incident, they will be counted for each involvement. For example, where a family incident involves three affected family members and one other party, each affected family member will be counted separately, making a count of three.

Where an affected family member has been affected by more than one other party within a family incident, they will be counted for each involvement. For example, if there is one affected family member and two other parties the affected family member will be counted twice, once for each involvement. 

In the last 12 months, 75.1% (63,465) of the 84,551 affected family members were female, while 24.8% (20,970) were male. The number of male affected family members increased 6.9% (1,350) in the last 12 months and 14.2% (2,607) since the year ending December 2015. Similarly female affected family members increased 6.4% (3,845) in the last 12 months and 13.5% (7,544) since the year ending December 2015. 

Affected family members by age and sex, year ending December 2019

Demographic characteristics of other parties

The other individual involved in a family incident is referred to as the ‘other party’. The other party could be a current partner, former partner or a family member. Where the other party is involved with multiple affected family members, they will be counted for each involvement. For example, where a family incident involves three affected family members and one other party, the other party will be counted separately for each affected family member, making a count of three.

Where more than one other party is involved with one affected family member, they will be counted for each involvement. For example, where a family incident involves one affected family member and two other parties, each other party will be counted separately, making a count of two.

Where an individual is involved in multiple family incidents within the reference period they will be counted for each incident that they are involved in.

In the last 12 months, there were 84,550 other parties recorded, of which 75.9% (64,202) were male and 23.8% (20,117) were female. The number of male other parties increased 6.5% (3,932) in the last 12 months and 12.3% (7,055) since the year ending December 2015. Similarly, the number of female other parties increased 6.9% (1,303) in the last 12 months and 18.2% (3,101) since the year ending December 2015. 

 

Other parties by age and sex, year ending December 2019

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
Date of Publication