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This data has now been superseded and is for historical reference only.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

Victorian family incidents and rate per 100,000 population, 8 year trend

 

There was an increase of 6,539 family incidents in the last 12 months and an increase of 11,751 family incidents in the five years since the year ending June 2015. 

For more information on family incident rates by Local Government Area, please see the family incident data tables at the end of this page.

Family incidents, 5 year trend by month

Over the last 12 months, there were between 6,187 and 7,849 family incidents recorded per month. In the last five years, the months with the highest number of recorded family incidents were January 2019 (7,849 incidents) and December 2018 (7,807 incidents), aligning with usual seasonal trend.

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, 74.8% (61,826) of the 82,653 affected family members were female, while 25.0% (20,691) were male. Of the female affected family members, just over one quarter (26.6% or 16,431) were aged between 30–39 years compared to 4,086 males (19.7%). Males aged over 50 years and over made up a quarter (24.6% or 5,088) of male affected family members compared with only 17.2% of female affected family members (10,647).

The number of male affected family members increased 9.5% (1,787) in the last 12 months and 19.2% (3,330) since the year ending June 2015. Similarly female affected family members increased 8.3% (4,720) in the last 12 months and 15.7% (8,384) since the year ending June 2015.

Affected family members by age and sex, year ending June 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 82,653 other parties recorded, of which 75.8% (62,629) were male and 23.9% (19,746) were female. The number of female other parties increased 11.0% (1,962) in the last 12 months and 23.1% (3,710) since the year ending June 2015. Similarly the number of male other parties increased 7.9% (4,589) in the last 12 months and 14.7% (8,006) since the year ending June 2015.

Other parties by age and sex, year ending June 2019

In the last 12 months the age group for other parties with the highest increase was 11.0% for 40–44 years (up 1,037 to 10,454 other parties). Male other parties aged 40–44 years increased 10.9% (801) to 8,136 males and female other parties aged 40–44 years increased 12.1% (249) to 2,312 females.

For both male and female other parties, almost two-thirds were aged between 20–44 years (66.3% or 41,533 males, and 63.2% or 12,477 females). These proportions have remained stable over the last 5 years.
 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Date of Publication

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