Family incidents

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

There was an increase of 2,630 family incidents in the last 12 months and an increase of 11,991 family incidents in the five years since the year ending September 2014. The rate per 100,000 population increased by 1.2% in the last 12 months.

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 5,895 and 7,125 family incidents recorded per month. In the last five years, the months with the highest number of recorded family incidents were January 2016 (7,384 incidents) and December 2015 (7,237 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, 75.0% (58,466) of the 78,000 affected family members were female, while 24.9% (19,385) were male. Of the female affected family members, just over one quarter (26.7%, 15,624) were aged between 30–39 years compared to 3,736 males (19.3%). Males aged over 50 years and over made up a quarter (24.4% or 4,730) of male affected family members compared with only 16.4% of females (9,596).

The number of female affected family members increased 3.7% in the last 12 months and 17.2% since the year ending September 2014. Similarly the number of male affected family members increased 2.8% in the last 12 months and 21.2% since the year ending September 2014. In the last 12 months the numbers of male affected family members aged 0–9 years decreased 16.2% (192) to 990 and female affected members decreased 11.9% (111) to 822. Affected family members aged 0–9 years recorded the lowest number since September 2015. 

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

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 78,001 other parties recorded, of which 76.2% (59,423) were male and 23.4% (18,274) were female. The number of female affected other parties increased 4.1% in the last 12 months and 23.6% since the year ending September 2014. Similarly the number of male affected family members increased 3.3% in the last 12 months and 16.7% since the year ending September 2014.

Other party by age and sex, year ending September 2018

In the last 12 months the numbers of male other parties aged 15–19 years increased 2.6% (111) to 4,339 and female other parties aged 15–19 years increased 16.7% (276) to 1,926.

For both male and female other parties, almost two-thirds were aged between 20–44 years (66.1%, or 39,294 males, and 63.0%, or 11,513 females). These proportions have remained stable over the last 5 years.

In the last 12 months the numbers of female other parties aged 50–54 years increased 19.6% (178) and male other parties in the same age group increased 12.6% (416).

 

 

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

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