When a person is put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol in Australia, is the relationship between the victim and perpetrator different for men and women?

For both Australian men and women, most incidents of being put in fear by someone under the influence of alcoholare perpetrated by a stranger. However, women are more likely than men to be put in fear by a spouse/partner, relative, friend, or other person known to them.

In 2016, when Australian men were put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol, the perpetrator was a person not known to the victim in 78% of cases, another person known to the victim in 15%; the current/former spouse or partner in 5% of cases; another relative in 10% of cases; and a friend in 5% of cases. In 2016, when Australian women were put in fear by someone under the influence of alcohol, the perpetrator was a person not known to the victim in 61% of cases, another person known to the victim in 17% of cases, the current/former spouse or partner in 20% of cases; another relative in 13% of cases; and a friend in 6% of cases.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2016 National Drug Strategy Household Survey.

Please note: Percentages do not tally to 100% as participants could choose more than one response.

Put in Fear: Feeling threatened and/or afraid for one’s personal safety due to the actions, speech or behaviour of another.

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.