Assault and battery

Serious assault


Threat offences in Victoria: sentencing outcomes and reoffending

This report presents the first empirical analysis of 'threat offences' recorded and sentenced in Victoria, along with an analysis of the offending trajectories of sentenced threat offenders.
Discussion paper

Stalking: consultation paper

This consultation paper has been released to assist the VLRC to review and report on Victoria’s legal responses to stalking, harassment and similar conduct, including the statutory framework for and operation of the Personal Safety Intervention Order (PSIO) system.

Penalties for assaults on public officers: final report

This report represents the Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council's work to understand and reform sentencing for assaults on public officers.
Working paper

Can pre-recorded evidence raise conviction rates in cases of domestic violence?

The objective of this present study is to determine whether or not pre-recorded evidence raises the probability of a conviction in cases of Domestic Violence (DV) assault. In order to answer this question, the authors use administrative police and court data from New South Wales.
Briefing paper

The effect of lockout and last drinks laws on non-domestic assaults in Sydney: an update to March 2019

This research set out to examine the long term impact of the 2014 NSW liquor law amendments on non-domestic assaults in Kings Cross, the Sydney CBD and surrounding areas. As in previous studies, a significant reduction in non-domestic assaults in the Kings Cross and Sydney...

How do police use CCTV footage in criminal investigations?

This study examines how police use CCTV footage in criminal investigations. Structured interviews were conducted with 146 sworn members of the NSW Police Force who had recently requested footage from the NSW rail system’s network of CCTV cameras.
Briefing paper

NSW's strangulation offence: time for further reform?

This Issues Backgrounder provides a range of information on the effectiveness of section 37 of the Crimes Act 1900 (NSW). Section 37 prohibits strangulation, a significant form of domestic violence.
Fact sheet

Hospitalised assault injuries among men and boys

This fact sheet examines cases of hospitalised assault against men in 2014–15.

Consensual assault

This report was prepared following a community consultation, which confirmed concerns that some aspects of the laws relating to consensual assaults are unclear, and do not reflect contemporary views about when the law should criminalise consensual assaults.

Prevent crime and save money: Return-on-investment models in Australia

Finding effective ways to prevent crime is important. This project was designed to demonstrate the feasibility of combining data from a 12-year Australian longitudinal study with prevention strategy investment data, to estimate potential returns, including a reduction in intimate partner violence and prison entry.

Serious assaults by prisoners

This is a dataset of serious assaults by prisoners in New Zealand between 2005 and 2016.

Investigation into the management and protection of disability group home residents by the Department of Health and Human Services and Autism Plus

This report details the findings from a complex investigation into allegations of sexual assault against a resident of a group home for persons with a disability run by Autism Plus.
Briefing paper

Consensual assault: issues paper

This issues paper considers the law on consensual assault in Tasmania.
Fact sheet

Hospitalised assault injuries among women and girls: fact sheet

This factsheet examines cases of hospitalised assault against women in 2013–14. Rates of assault among women were highest for those aged between 15–19 and 50–54. Over half (59%) of all these women were assaulted by bodily force, and for assaults by bodily force and involving...

Inquiry into abuse in disability services: final report

Through submissions and extensive public hearings across Victoria, the Committee heard consistently of the need for a single independent oversight body that can be implemented quickly with the capacity to prevent and respond to violence against people with disability.

That’s entertainment: trends in late-night assaults and acute alcohol illness in Sydney's entertainment precinct

Summary: This report uses various data sources to show the incidence of night-time alcohol-related violence and other alcohol harm in the Sydney CBD in the ten years prior to the 2014 lockout intervention. Between 2004 and 2013 police crime statistics and triple zero (000) calls...

The serious impact and consequences of physical assault

Provides an analysis from the AIC’s Database of Victimisation Experiences (DoVE) of cases of common assault that are not related to domestic disputes or involving sexual assault. Summary In 2012, there were 116,105 recorded victims of physical assault in New South Wales, South Australia, Western...

Young but not so restless: trends in the age-specific rate of offending

Aim: To describe and discuss trends in age-specific rates of offending for property crime, robbery and serious assault. Method: Descriptive statistics and graphical displays. Results: The number of people apprehended by police for property crime and robbery has fallen sharply since around 2001 and is...

Reporting rates of assaults on licensed premises by licensed premises staff: 2012-2013

There is no evidence licensed premises are systematically concealing assaults in a bid to avoid losing their liquor license or to avoid having restrictions imposed on their trading hours, according to this report. Aim To determine whether there has been any change in the rate...

Engaging men in sexual assault prevention

This paper examines men's role in the prevention of sexual assault.