Christopher Chan

Men in 20s and 30s dominate domestic violence stats

MEN are the overwhelming perpetrators of domestic and family violence in Australia and most are aged in their 20s and 30s, fresh data reveals.

On Wednesday, the Australian Bureau of Statistics released its Recorded Crime by Offenders report that shows that male abusers outstripped women four to one.

The data, collected across NSW, Victoria, Queensland, the Northern Territory and the ACT, showed more than 35,000 offenders committed domestic and family violence-related crimes between July, 2014 and June, 2015.

The most common offences were acts "to cause injury" such as homicide, sexual assault and abduction or harassment.

These were followed closely by property crimes.

In NSW, 19,942 people were deemed to be perpetrators of domestic and family violence - with 16,273 male offenders and 3670 female.

Queensland had the second lowest rate of offenders with 1477 offenders - 1287 were male and 193 were female.

Victoria had 11,312 offenders, the Northern Territory had 2446 offenders and the ACT had 330 offenders.

*For 24-hour support phone Queensland's DVConnect on 1800 811 811 or Men's Line on 1800 600 636, NSW's Domestic Violence Line on 1800 656 463 or the national hotline 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732). - APN NEWSDESK


BY THE NUMBERS

New South Wales

  • There were 19,942 family and domestic violence offenders in New South Wales between July 2014 and June 2015.
  • This adds up to 302 offenders per 100,000 people aged over 10.
  • The most prevalent offences were acts intended to cause injury (17,448 offenders).
  • There were more than four times as many male offenders (16,273) as female offenders (3670).


Queensland

  • There were 1,477 family and domestic violence offenders in Queensland between July 2014 and June 2015.
  • This adds up to 36 offenders per 100,000 people aged over 10.
  • The most prevalent offences were acts intended to cause injury (1053 offenders).
  • There were more than six times as many male offenders (1287) as female offenders (193).
  • *A person was counted as being an offender if they were recorded as having at least one selected offence flagged as related to family and/or domestic violence by police.

Source: Australian Bureau of Statistics


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