Assault

What proportion of assaults in Australia are alcohol-related?

In 2012, 59% of assaults and 33% of sexual assaults for which an individual was detained by police were alcohol-related.

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

Assault: An act of physical force or violence.

Are men or women in Australia more likely to be detained by police for alcohol-related assault?

Australian men are more likely than women to be detained by police for both alcohol-related assault (91% vs. 9%, respectively) and alcohol-related sexual assault (96% vs. 4%, respectively).

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

Assault: An act of physical force or violence.

Are younger or older Australians more likely to be detained by police for alcohol-related assault?

Australians aged 18-24 years are the age group most likely to be detained by police for alcohol-related assault. Those aged 30-39 years are most likely to be detained for alcohol-related sexual assault.

Source: Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC). 2012 Drug Use Monitoring in Australia (DUMA) Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2013).

Alcohol-Related Crime: A crime is defined as alcohol-related where alcohol use contributed to that crime as indicated by the police detainee (in the case of DUMA data) or the victim (in the case of NDSHS data).

Assault: An act of physical force or violence.