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

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 latest crime data by area. 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. For more information about counting rules, please refer to the Explanatory Notes (External link).

In the last 12 months, 75.0% (66,177) of the 88,216 affected family members were female, while 24.9% (21,937) were male. The number of male affected family members increased 6.2% (1,271) in the last 12 months and 13.0% (2,532) since the year ending June 2016. Similarly, female affected family members increased 7.0% (4,303) in the last 12 months and 13.2% (7,691) since the year ending June 2016.

Affected family members by age and sex, year ending June 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 on perpetrators of family violence and involved specialist detectives from the Family Violence Investigation Units across the state reaching out to Victorians who are at greater risk due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The recording of data related to specific police operations are often not easily identifiable in the LEAP databases. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of June 2020 please see please see Recorded offences or the Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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

In the last 12 months, there were 88,217 other parties recorded, of which 75.5% (66,606) were male and 24.3% (21,407) were female. The number of male other parties increased 6.3% (3,969) in the last 12 months and 11.2% (6,699) since the year ending June 2016. Similarly, the number of female other parties increased 8.4% (1,656) in the last 12 months and 20.0% (3,565) since the year ending June 2016.

Other parties by age and sex, year ending June 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 on perpetrators of family violence and involved specialist detectives from the Family Violence Investigation Units across the state reaching out to Victorians who are at greater risk due to the COVID-19 lockdown. The recording of data related to specific police operations are often not easily identifiable in the LEAP databases. For more information about the impacts of COVID-19 on crime to end of June 2020 please see Recorded offences or the Police-recorded crime trends in Victoria during the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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