When a person experiences alcohol-related verbal abuse in Australia, what is the most likely relationship between the victim and perpetrator?
In 2016 in Australia, the perpetrator of alcohol-related verbal abuse was a person not known to the victim in 59% of cases, another person known to the victim in 19% of cases; the current/former spouse or partner in 18% of cases; another relative in 14%; and a friend in 9% 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.
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.
Verbal Abuse: Speech which is designed to humiliate, degrade, demean, intimidate, or subjugate (including the threat of physical violence).