The Victorian Government (2019) highlights the profound impact that family violence has on health and wellbeing. It also notes that family violence affects more women while street and community violence primarily affects men. 

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2023) estimates that 8 million Australians (41%) have experienced physical and/or sexual violence, including:

  • 31% of women and 42% of men have experienced physical violence since the age of 15
  • 22% of women and 6.1% of men have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15
  • 27% of women and 12% of men have experienced violence by an intimate partner or family member since the age of 15
  • 18% of women and 11% of men experienced childhood abuse before the age of 15.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics (2023) estimates that 52% of people who experienced physical assault in 2021–22 reported it to police. Earlier work by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (2016) suggests that reporting rates for family violence are much lower than this.  

In Boroondara, more than 570 violent crimes (homicides, assaults, sexual offences and robberies) were recorded by police during 2022 (Figure 1). Of the 424 recorded assaults, 216 (51%) were family violence.

Sexual offences and homicide can also be family violence, but offence subgroup data does not distinguish these incidents from other sexual offences and homicides.

Bar chart shows that family violence: common assault was the largest principal offence category for violent criminal incidents recorded in Boroondara during 2022, with 158 incidents. This was followed by 132 sexual offences, 123 non-family violence common assaults, 71 non-family violence serious assaults, 58 family violence serious assaults, 17 robberies, 14 assaults of a police, emergency services or other authorised officer, and fewer than 3 homicides.

Figure 1: 'Family violence – common assault' was the largest offence subgroup for violent criminal incidents recorded in Boroondara during 2022. Data source: Crime Statistics Agency, 2023

More information

More statistics related to crime, including family violence, are available on our Crime and safety statistics pages.

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