Victorian Crime Statistics
“Family incidents” are recorded by Victoria Police. They are defined as an incident attended by Victoria Police where a Risk Assessment and Risk Management Report (also known as an L17 form) was completed.
For the year ending 31 March 2016 statistics were:
- 76,529 family incidents, rising by 10% compared with the previous year.
- 75% of affected family members (victims) were female, while 25% were male.
- Women aged 20-44 years made up the majority of female victims. (Crime Statistics Agency, 2016)
Gender and Family Violence
In general, men and women experience violence differently:
- Around 95% of victims of all types of violence, whether women or men, experience violence from a male perpetrator (Diemer, 2015).
- A man is most likely to experience violence in a place of entertainment and a woman is most likely to experience violence in the home.
- Women are more likely to have experienced violence by a known person rather than a stranger. The reverse is true for men (Cox, 2015).
- Men’s violence against female partners is more likely to inflict severe injury than women’s violence against male partners. Furthermore, men’s violence against female partners is more likely to be part of the man’s attempt to control, coerce, intimidate and dominate the woman, whereas women’s violence against male partners is more likely to be in self-defense when the male partner is violent.
- Female victims are also more likely to live in fear before, during and after separation from a violent partner while male victims are less likely to be afraid or intimidated (Bagshaw & Chung, 2000).
If find yourself getting angry, frustrated or annoyed over the Christmas break, try and take a step back.
Walk away from the situation and if you still find your mind racing and you cannot let go then talk it over with someone who is not connected with the issue.
We encouraged you to ring the Men’s Referral Service on 1300 766 491 or Mensline on 1300 789 978.
Do not add to the statistics over Christmas. Be accountable and responsible and make this the best Christmas for your family.