Department of Family and Community Services

2.4 Safety at home alone after dark

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Women’s and men’s sense of safety at home alone after dark

Current position

In NSW in 2010, 79 percent of women felt safe or very safe at home alone after dark, compared to 91 percent of men.

Gender gap

  • Women at home alone after dark are 12 percentage points less likely to feel safe than men.
The direction of
change over time

Data for NSW from previous years is not readily available.

Discussion

Place of residence

In 2010, NSW women living outside Sydney were more likely than Sydney women to feel safe or very safe at home alone after dark (83 percent compared to 77 percent). The gender gap was similar regardless of where people lived: 13 percentage points between women and men in Sydney, and 11 percentage points between women and men in the rest of NSW.

Household income

Women in the highest household income quintile ($1,357+ per week) felt safer at home alone at night than women in lower household income quintiles: 86 percent of women in the highest income group felt safe at home alone at night, compared to 76 percent of women in the second highest income group ($932 to $1,356 per week), and 73 percent in the lowest income group ($0 to $403 per week).

The gender gap was smallest (8 percentage points) between women and men with the lowest household income, from $0 to $403 per week. See Figure 6.4.

Country of birth

Women born in Australia are significantly more likely to feel safe at home alone after dark than women born in other countries who are not proficient in English: 82 percent compared to 61 percent. The same is true of men.

 

The ABS General Social Survey collected information about personal and household characteristics for people aged 18 years and over resident in private dwellings throughout Australia (except very remote areas), from August to November 2010.

Year collected: 2010.
Data source: ABS (2011) General Social Survey, Cat no. 4159.0 (unpublished data). More information is available at www.abs.gov.au

Figure 6.4 Safety at home alone after dark, by sex and selected household income quintiles, NSW, 2010

Fig 6.4

Note: Data refers to women and men who feel safe or very safe at home alone after dark. ‘Household income’ refers to equivalised gross household income, as per Appendix 2 of the ABS (2011) General Social Survey 2010. The three household income quintile groups selected for this graph are the lowest, the middle and the highest. The second lowest group ($404 to $639) and the second highest group ($932 to $1,356) are not represented.
Population: People in NSW aged 18 years and over.
Source: ABS (2011) General Social Survey, Cat no. 4159.0 (unpublished data).