Where is alcohol-related physical abuse likely to occur in Australia?

Physical abuse by someone under the influence of alcohol is most likely to occur in the victim’s home (24%).

In Australia, 24% of incidents of alcohol related physical abuse occur in the victim’s home, 19% in a pub or club, 8% at a party, 10% at work, 0.8%** at school or university, 5% on public transport, 19% in the street and 14% somewhere else.

Source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW). 2019 National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NCETA secondary analysis, 2021).

Please note: Percentages may not tally to 100% due to rounding.

** Estimate has a relative standard error greater than 50% and is considered too unreliable for general use.

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.