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

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

 

 

 

 

There was an increase of 5,995 family incidents in the last 12 months and an increase of 11,812 family incidents in the five years since the year ending March 2015. The rate per 100,000 population increased by 5.8% in the last 12 months.

 

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 5,894 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% (60,754) of the 81,253 affected family members were female, while 25.1% (20,362) were male. Of the female affected family members, just over one quarter (26.6%, 16,136 females) were aged between 30–39 years compared to 3,993 males (19.6%). Males aged over 50 years and over made up a quarter (24.2% or 4,931 males) of male affected family members compared with only 17.0% of females (10,304 females).

The number of the number of male affected family members increased 8.8% (1,649 males) in the last 12 months and 20.0% (3,387 males) since the year ending March 2015. Similarly female affected family members increased 7.6% (4,310 females) in the last 12 months and 16.0% (8,396 females) since the year ending March 2015. In the last 12 months the numbers of male affected family members aged 0–9 years decreased 14.3% (152 males) to 913 males, and female affected members decreased 13.0% (115 females) to 771 females.

 

Affected family members by age and sex, year ending March 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 81,253 other parties recorded, of which 75.7% (61,504 males) were male and 24.0% (19,479 females) were female. The number of female other parties increased 10.8% (1,894 females) in the last 12 months and 23.7% (3,737 females) since the year ending March 2015. Similarly the number of male other parties increased 7.2% (4,134 males) in the last 12 months and 15.1% (8,058 males) since the year ending March 2015.

 

Other parties by age and sex, year ending March 2019

 

In the last 12 months the age group for other parties with the highest increase was 9.2% for 25–29 years (up 927 to 11,016 other parties). Male other parties aged 25–29 years increased 7.1% (549 males) to 8,323 males and female other parties aged 25–29 years increased 16.4% (379 females) to 2,691 females.

For both male and female other parties, almost two-thirds were aged between 20–44 years (66.4%, or 40,819 males, and 63.6%, or 12,385 females). These proportions have remained stable over the last 5 years.

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019

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