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This data has now been superseded and is for historical reference only.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

5.1 Key movements in the number and rate of family incidents 

Family incidents, 5 year trend

For more information on family incident rates by Local Government Area, please see the family incident data tables on the CSA website.

Family incidents, 5 year trend by month

Over the last 12 months, there were between 5,676 and 7,127 family incidents recorded per month. The months with the highest number of recorded family incidents were January 2016 (7,384 incidents) and December 2015 (7,237 incidents). This is consistent with the peak in family incidents in previous years.

5.2 Demographic characteristics of affected family members

An ‘affected family member’ is the individual who is deemed to be affected by events occurring during the 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, 74.9% (56,359) of the 75,264 affected family members were female, while 24.8% (18,703) were male.

Affected family members by age and sex, year ending March 2018

Of the 56,359 female affected family members, just over one quarter (26.6%, 15,017) were aged between 30–39 years. Females aged between 20–49 years made up 71.6% (40,330) of female affected family members.

The largest combined age group of male affected family members was 20–49 years which accounted for 57.0% (10,654) of all male affected family members.

5.3 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 75,264 other parties recorded, of which 76.2% (57,346) were male and 23.4% (17,577) were female.

Other party by age and sex, year ending March 2018

For both male and female other parties, almost two-thirds were aged between 20-44 years (66.1%, or 37,899 males, and 63.1%, or 11,091 females).

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2018
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2018
Date of Publication

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