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PERSONAL SAFETY, AUSTRALIA, 2012

Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4906.0) presents results from the Australian Bureau of Statistics' 2012 Personal Safety Survey, conducted from February to December 2012. This is the second time the Personal Safety Survey has been conducted, the last one run by the ABS in 2005. The survey collected information about the nature and extent of violence experienced by men and women since the age of 15, including their experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. It also collected detailed information about men's and women's experience of current and previous partner violence, lifetime experience of stalking, physical and sexual abuse before the age of 15 and general feelings of safety.

INFORMATION PAPER - 'BRIDGING THE DATA GAPS FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE, 2013'

The information paper 'Bridging the Data Gaps for Family, Domestic, and Sexual Violence,' (cat. no. 4529.0.00.002) released in November 2013, is the second publication of a project aimed at improving the evidence base for family, domestic and sexual violence. Bridging the data gaps is part of a broader project being conducted by the ABS in partnership with the Department of Social Services (DSS) as part of the Commonwealth’s National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. Bridging the data gaps identifies the unanswered questions in this field, highlighting the critical gaps in existing data and the actions required to redress the information shortfall.

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATISTICS

The Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics (cat. no. 4533.0), an online reference tool released in December 2011, has been updated and reissued in October 2013. It complements the Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence, Australia, 2009 (ABS, cat. no. 4529.0) and aims to improve community awareness of statistical information in this field by providing a single multi-disciplinary reference point for data sources across the health, welfare, family and community services and crime and justice sectors. The Directory contains detailed information about many sources of Australian and State / Territory government statistical data relating to Family and Domestic Violence, including the collection methodology, data items available, contact details for obtaining data and hyperlinks to publications.

INFORMATION PAPER - 'DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC, AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE'

The information paper 'Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence' (cat. no. 4529.0) was released in October 2013, and forms the foundation required to establish a sound evidence base for this field. It presents statistical conceptual information relating to family, domestic and sexual violence and describes the main concepts, sources and priorities in this field. It also incorporates strategies for information development to address priority data needs as they relate to family, domestic and sexual violence.

IN FOCUS: CRIME AND JUSTICE STATISTICS

In Focus: Crime and Justice Statistics (cat. no. 4524.0) is an ad hoc publication series comprised of feature articles that present analysis and commentary on a range of topics using ABS Crime and Justice statistical sources. Two new releases have been added to the suite of feature articles in 2013: 'Victims of personal fraud: A statistical snapshot,' (June 2013); and 'Mental health, disability, and crime: A victim's perspective,' (October 2013). Previous releases include 'Youth victimisation and offending: a statistical snapshot,' (September 2011); 'In the eye of the beholder: perceptions of social disorder in Australia,' (December 2011); and 'Exploring relationships between crime victimisation and social wellbeing,' (July 2012).


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CRIME AND JUSTICE NEWSLETTER

The National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics (NCCJS) produces an informative Newsletter (cat. no. 4500.0) at the end of each financial year. If you would like to receive a copy of the NCCJS Newsletter, the free subscription service on the ABS website can automatically notify you of new releases of ABS products online. To sign up, when viewing a product, click on the 'Free email notification service' link at the top of the page, and this will automatically send you a notification of updates to this ABS product. Alternatively, you can visit the ABS Email Notification Service page to set up your subscription.


STATISTICAL HEADLINES

PERSONAL SAFETY
Australia's 18 to 24 year olds most at risk of violence (cat. no. 4906.0; 11 December 2013)

CRIME VICTIMISATION
Physical assaults increased in 2011-12 (cat. no. 4530.0; 19 February 2013)
Motor vehicle theft continues to rise (cat. no. 4510.0; 13 June, 2013)
Alcohol, drugs perceived to be involved in most assaults (cat. no. 4530.0; 21 February 2012)
National crime rates fall (cat. no. 4530.0; 17 February 2011)
Australian households experience 1.6 million incidents of property damage (cat. no. 4530.0; 18 February 2010)
5% of Australians aged over 15 years were victims of personal fraud (cat. no. 4528.0; 27 June 2008)
Robbery victims increased by 613 to 17,988 in 2007 (cat. no. 4510.0; 26 June 2008)

RECORDED CRIME - VICTIMS
More than a quarter of sexual assault victims were aged 10 to 14 years (cat. no. 4510.0; 23 June 2011)
Property crimes continue to decrease (cat. no. 4510.0; 3 June 2010)
Motor vehicle thefts have halved since the start of the decade (cat. no. 4510.0; 4 June 2009)

RECORDED CRIME - OFFENDERS
Offending peaks in teenage years (cat. no. 4519.0; 9 February 2012)
Police initiated actions against one in ten 18 year old males during 2009-10 (cat. no. 4519.0; 24 February 2011)

COURTS
Federal fraud cases drop by 39 percent (cat. no. 4515.0; 16 May 2013)
Over 8 in 10 defendants were proven guilty in Australia's criminal courts (cat. no. 4513.0; 14 February 2013)
Increase in number of people sentenced to jail (cat. no. 4513.0; 14 February 2013)
6 year low in number of defendants finalised in the Magistrates' Courts (cat. no. 4513.0; 24 February 2012)
Number of defendants finalised in the criminal courts lowest since 2006-07 (cat. no. 4513.0; 27 January 2011)
Over one third of defendants in the criminal courts in 2008-09 were aged under 25 (cat. no. 4513.0 ;12 March 2010)
Traffic offences up 25% over five years in Magistrates' Courts (cat. no. 4513.0; 25 February 2009)
Children's court - 1,625 offenders serve time: ABS (cat. no. 4513.0; 25 January 2008)

FEDERAL DEFENDANTS
The number of federal offences finalised in the criminal courts fell 14% between 2009-10 and 2010-11 (cat. no. 4515.0; 19 June 2012)
The average number of federal offences per defendant increased from 2.5 in 2008–09 to 3.5 in 2009–10 (cat. no. 4515.0; 28 April 2011)
Three quarters of federal defendants were proven guilty in 2008-09 (cat. no. 4515.0; 27 May 2010)

PERSONAL FRAUD
Affluent city-dwellers most vulnerable to fraud (cat. no. 4524.0; 19 June 2013)
Personal fraud costs Australians $1.4 billion (cat. no. 4528.0; 19 April 2012)
Nearly $1 billion dollars lost by Australians to personal fraud: ABS (cat. no. 4528.0; 27 June 2008)

PRISONERS
Australia's prisoner numbers reach 30,000 for the first time (cat. no. 4906.0; 5 December 2013)
The number of female prisoners increased by 8% since 2011 (cat. no. 4517.0; 6 December 2012)
Persons on community service orders decreased 8% from the June quarter 2011 (cat. no. 4512.0; 13 September 2012)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander unsentenced prisoners increased 10% from the March quarter 2011 (cat. no. 4512.0; 14 June 2012)
Federal sentenced persons increased 13% from the December quarter 2010 (cat. no. 4512.0; 15 March 2012)
The number of adult prisoners decreased by 2% since 2010 (cat. no. 4517.0; 8 December 2011)
Unsentenced prisoners increased by 5% from the September quarter 2010 (cat. no. 4512.0; 24 November 2011)
Persons on community service orders decreased by 11% from the June quarter 2010 (cat. no. 4512.0; 15 September 2011)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in community-based-corrections decreased by 2% from the previous quarter (cat. no. 4512.0; 15 June 2011)
The number of persons in full-time custody fell for the second successive quarter (cat. no. 4512.0; 17 March 2011)
Over half (55%) of all prisoners in custody at 30 June 2010 had previously served a sentence in an adult prison (cat. no. 4517.0; 9 December 2010)
Average daily number of full-time prisoners decreased by 2% from the previous quarter (cat. no. 4512.0; 25 November 2010)
The male imprisonment rate was 13 times higher than the female imprisonment rate for the June quarter 2010 (cat. no. 4512.0; 16 September 2010)
Persons in community-based corrections in Australia decreased by 1% from the December quarter 2009 (cat. no. 4512.0; 17 June 2010)
Average daily number of full-time prisoners increased 5% from the December 2008 quarter (cat. no. 4512.0 ;18 March 2010)
Women prisoners increase by 57% in ten years (cat. no. 4517.0; 10 December 2009)
There were 85,470 persons under the authority of corrective services during the September Quarter 2009 (cat. no. 4512.0; 26 November 2009)
Average daily number of full-time prisoners increased 3% from the previous quarter (cat. no. 4512.0; 17 September 2009)
More than half of prisoners are repeat offenders (cat. no. 4517.0; 11 December 2008)



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