Family Incidents by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

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. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).

Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status for affected family members and other parties are based on the most frequent recording of the Indigenous status for each offender. Under this counting rule, a person has either a yes or no response to the Standard Indigenous Question (SIQ) on their record, then the most frequent recorded response is taken as correct. If the person only has one meaningful response, then that response stands across all records. If a person appears in the dataset two different times with a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ in the records, a ‘yes’ response is taken over a ‘no’ response. For more information on how this counting rule operates see the Explanatory Notes (External link).

For the purposes of the presentation of these data the term Aboriginal refers to the most frequent response a person has provided to Victoria Police when the SIQ was asked (Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status).

Family Incidents by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status - Tabular Visualisation

Key movements in Affected Family Members by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

Affected family members by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Status, 5 year trend

 

Demographic characteristics of affected family members by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

An ‘affected family member’ is the individual who is deemed to be affected by events occurring during a family incident. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).

In the last 12 months, 79.3% (3,518) of the 4,435 Aboriginal affected family members were female, while 20.6% (915) were male. The number of male affected family members decreased 5.7% (55) in the last 12 months but increased 2.5% (22) since the year ending September 2016. Female affected family members decreased 1.5% (53) in the last 12 months but increased 12.8% (399) since the year ending September 2016.

Affected family members by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status by age and sex, year ending September 2020

 

In response to COVID-19 Victoria Police commenced Operation Ribbon on 13 April 2020. Operation Ribbon focused specifically on active engagement with victim-survivors and known perpetrators of family violence. Operation Ribbon involved specialist detectives from the Family Violence Investigation Units across the state reaching out to Victorians perceived to be at greater risk of family violence due to the impacts of COVID-19 and associated public health measures, including restricted movement. Offences relating to specific operations that are recorded in the LEAP database are often not easily identifiable. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of September 2020 please see Recorded offences or the CSA paper Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic: update to the end of September.

Key movements in Other parties by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

Other parties by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status, 5 year trend

Demographic characteristics of other parties by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status

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. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).

In the last 12 months, there were 5,496 Aboriginal other parties recorded, of which 69.8% (3,837) were male and 30.2% (1,659) were female. The number of male other parties decreased 1.3% (50) in the last 12 months but increased 11.7% (402) since the year ending September 2016. The number of female other parties increased 12.2% (180) in the last 12 months and 31.5% (397) since the year ending September 2016.

Other parties by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander status by age and sex, year ending September 2020

 

In response to COVID-19 Victoria Police commenced Operation Ribbon on 13 April 2020. Operation Ribbon focused specifically on active engagement with victim-survivors and known perpetrators of family violence. Operation Ribbon involved specialist detectives from the Family Violence Investigation Units across the state reaching out to Victorians perceived to be at greater risk of family violence due to the impacts of COVID-19 and associated public health measures, including restricted movement. Offences relating to specific operations that are recorded in the LEAP database are often not easily identifiable. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of September 2020 please see Recorded offences or the CSA paper Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic: update to the end of September.

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
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Crime Statistics Agency, 2020
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