When a person experiences alcohol-related physical abuse, what is the most likely relationship between the victim and perpetrator?
When Australians experience physical abuse by someone under the influence of alcohol, the perpetrator is a person not known to the victim in 57% of cases, another person known to the victim in 20% of cases, the current/former spouse or partner in 19% of cases; another relative in 12% of cases; and a friend in 9% of cases.
Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2013 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.
Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as participants could choose more than one response.
Physical Abuse: An act which causes pain and/or injury to the victim.
Under the Influence of Alcohol: There is no single objective standard for being under the influence of alcohol. Similarly, data sources used in the NADK do not provide a definition of this term. It is popularly understood as referring to an individual who has consumed enough alcohol to impair their mental, physical, and/or cognitive faculties. However, definitions and standards may vary between jurisdictions, sectors and organisations.