Identifying the differences between generalist and specialist family violence perpetrators: Risk factors and perpetrator characteristics

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Identifying the differences between generalist and specialist family violence perpetrators

 

The Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) has today released its eighth ‘in brief’ research paper titled Identifying the differences between generalist and specialist family violence perpetrators: Risk factors and perpetrator characteristics.

 

This is a new piece of research produced by the CSA’s research team, continuing our program of work exploring family violence.

 

The research found that 40% of alleged family violence perpetrators in the study sample were generalists (i.e. recorded for non-family violence criminal offences in addition to family violence incidents) and 60% were specialists (i.e. only recorded for family violence incidents and related offences).

 

The CSA’s Chief Statistician Fiona Dowsley said that the findings from this study were consistent with some other research into this topic, particularly the association between the perpetrator demographic characteristics of age and gender and committing a range of non-family violence offences.

 

“Female family violence perpetrators were less likely to be recorded for other types of offences compared with male perpetrators. Increasing perpetrator age was associated with an increased likelihood of only perpetrating family violence incidents.”

 

“Many of the risk factors and characteristics that have been examined in this report have not been considered in this type of research before. In particular, this study found that perpetrator drug and alcohol use at the time of a family violence incident was associated with them being classified as a generalist perpetrator. The findings of the study provide further insight into the differences between these two groups of family violence perpetrators.”

 

The paper examined the recorded family violence incidents and non-family violence offences for a cohort of family violence perpetrators over a five year period from 2012 to 2016. It explored the relationships between perpetrator and incident characteristics and the likelihood committing non-family violence offences in addition to family violence incidents.

 

Further information can be found on the CSA website:

https://www.crimestatistics.vic.gov.au/research-and-evaluation/publications/identifying-the-differences-between-generalist-and-specialist

 

For further information please contact:
Melanie Millsteed
Manager, Research and Evaluation

Phone: 03 8684 1808
Email: info@crimestatistics.vic.gov.au (External link)

 

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