Department of Family and Community Services

2.3 Self-reported incidents of assault victimisation

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Self-reporting of physical and threatened assault in ABS crime victimisation survey

Current position

In NSW in 2011-12, women’s self-reporting of physical and threatened assault was lower than men’s.

For physical assault in NSW in 2011-12, 61,200 women and 97,000 men reported being victims.

For threatened assault in NSW in 2011-12, 80,500 women and 107,800 men reported being victims.

Gender gap

  • Women’s victimisation rate* for physical assault was 2.1 percent, while men’s victimisation rate was 3.4 percent.
  • Women’s victimisation rate* for threatened assault was 2.7 percent, while men’s victimisation rate was 3.8 percent.
The direction of
change over time

Physical assault

Women’s victimisation rate for physical assault has decreased since 2010-11 when it was 2.7 percent, while the rate for men has increased since 2010-11 when it was 3.0 percent.

The gap between female and male victimisation rates in 2011-12 was 1.3 percentage points, which is four times greater than the gap in 2010-11 (0.3 percentage points).

Threatened assault

Both women’s and men’s self-reported victimisation rates for threatened assault have increased since 2010-11, when the rate for women was 2.4 percent and the rate for men was 3.0 percent.


Victimisation rates for both physical and threatened assault are highest amongst the younger age groups of 15-19 years and 20-24 years. The rates are also higher for people whose marital status is not married and for people who live outside Sydney.

Women’s lower victimisation rates for physical assault, compared to men, contrasts with data we reported on in Indicator 2.2 which shows that women account for almost half (47 percent) of all physical assaults (DV and non DV-related) recorded by NSW Police. Note that the victimisation rate is based on self-reporting of assault through a national ABS survey, rather than on actual incidents recorded by police.


*The victimisation rate is the total number of victims of a crime in a given population expressed as a percentage of that population. This data was collected in the ABS 2011–12 Multipurpose Household Survey (July to June each year). The data relates to survey respondents who report having experienced at least one incident of a selected type of crime within 12 months prior to the survey interview. In this indicator, ‘women’ refers to females aged 15 years and over and ‘men’ applies to males aged 15 years and over.

Year collected: July 2011 to June 2012.
Data source: ABS (2013) Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2011-2012, Cat no. 4530.0. More information is available at