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 4,293 family incidents in the last 12 months and an increase of 11,214 family incidents in the five years since the year ending December 2014. The rate per 100,000 population increased by 3.3% 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 7,807 family incidents recorded per month. In the last five years, the months with the highest number of recorded family incidents were December 2018 (7,807 incidents) and January 2016 (7,384 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, 75.1% (59,586) of the 79,348 affected family members were female, while 24.7% (19,632) were male. Of the female affected family members, just over one quarter (26.6%, 15,862) were aged between 30–39 years compared to 3,839 males (19.6%). Males aged over 50 years and over made up a quarter (24.1% or 4,736) of male affected family members compared with only 16.7% of females (9,946).

The number of female affected family members increased 6.2% in the last 12 months and 15.8% since the year ending December 2014. Similarly the number of male affected family members increased 4.2% in the last 12 months and 18.5% since the year ending December 2014. In the last 12 months the numbers of male affected family members aged 0–9 years decreased 18.6% (211) to 926 and female affected members decreased 13.8% (126) to 784.

 

Affected family members by age and sex, year ending December 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 79,349 other parties recorded, of which 75.9% (60,259) were male and 23.7% (18,805) were female. The number of female other parties increased 6.8% in the last 12 months and 22.7% since the year ending December 2014. Similarly the number of male other parties increased 5.5% in the last 12 months and 14.7% since the year ending December 2014.

 

Other parties by age and sex, year ending December 2018

In the last 12 months the numbers of male other parties aged 50–54 years increased 14.2% (469) to 3,769 and female other parties aged 50–54 years increased 14.3% (137) to 1,095.

For both male and female other parties, almost two-thirds were aged between 20–44 years (66.3%, or 39,934 males, and 63.3%, or 11,900 females). These proportions have remained stable over the last 5 years.

 

 

Author
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Publisher
Crime Statistics Agency, 2019
Date of Publication

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