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More domestic violence attacks involve rape, sex assault

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2015 report – released on Tuesday – shows sexual violence rose by 3%, reaching a six-year high.
The Australian Bureau of Statistics Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2015 report – released on Tuesday – shows sexual violence rose by 3%, reaching a six-year high. JOEL CARRETT

RAPE and sexual assault are becoming more common in domestic violence attacks across Australia, new crime data shows.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics Recorded Crime - Victims, Australia, 2015 report - released on Tuesday - shows sexual violence rose by 3%, reaching a six-year high.

However, murders are down with the data showing homicides dropped by 2%.

Of the 21,380 rapes and other sex attacks in 2015, 7464 were domestic violence related.

The number of female victims of DV sex crimes jumped 8% while the level of male victims remained steady.

The report also shows that 85% of all victims of DV sex attacks were female and girls and young women aged 0 to 19 years old made up 59% - or 3730 - of these victims.

Females aged 15 to 19 were seven times more likely than the rest of the population to be sexually assaulted.

"Nationally, over four in five sexual assault victims were female," ABS spokesman William Milne said.

Most of the attacks happened at home and they rarely involved weapons.

The data also reveals that the majority of domestic and family violence victims in Australia are still women.

Of the 413 murders in 2015, 158 victims were killed by a partner, former partner or family member.

"This is the fourth consecutive year in which reports of homicide and related offenses have fallen," Mr Milne said.

Gun murders decreased by 24%.

The report said about three out of five homicide victims were male.

New South Wales and the Northern Territory were the only jurisdictions to record a drop in physical assaults.
NSW, SA, the ACT and WA had  fewer robberies while  blackmail or extortion remained steady.

Kidnapping statistics did not change and unlawful entry with intent, motor vehicle theft and other theft  increased in the ACT, Tasmania, Western Australia and Victoria.


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

Topics:  crime domestic and family violence women



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