Histories of adolescent aggressors of police reported family violence in Victoria revealed in CSA research

27 February 2020

Many adolescent aggressors of family violence were exposed to family violence as a child or young person, Crime Statistics Agency research released today shows.

Crime Statistics Agency Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that many adolescent aggressors were found to have historical contact with the justice system as a witness, protected person or victim-survivor of family violence.

 “Our research found that over half of adolescent aggressors of family violence had prior contact with police as a witness or victim-survivor of a family violence incident, or with courts as a protected person on a Family Violence Intervention Order,” she said.

“These results provide further evidence to support that many adolescent aggressors of family violence were exposed to family violence as a child or young person,” Ms Dowsley said.

“Exposure to family violence was also found to be significantly associated with family violence recidivism in adolescents,” she said.

The research considered future involvements that adolescent aggressors had with the justice system over a five-year period following their first family violence incident.

Most young people (80%) went on to have some kind of future contact with the justice system, with 52% recorded as an aggressor at a subsequent family violence incident.   

Historical exposure to family violence as a witness, victim survivor, or protected person were all found to be significantly associated with recidivism.

Over half of aggressors also had subsequent involvement with police or courts as a victim of crime, a victim-survivor of family violence or as a protected person on a family violence intervention order.

Background

The data snapshot Police Reported Adolescent Family Violence is available here (External link). It examined the characteristics of family violence incidents in Victoria involving primary aggressors aged 18 years old or younger, which occurred between 1 July 2014 and 30 June 2019.

For further information please contact:
Melanie Millsteed, Assistant Director, Research & Analytics
Phone: 8684 1828
Email: melanie.millsteed@crimestatistics.vic.gov.au (External link) 

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