Assault and battery

Briefing paper

4 Sep 2018

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

19 Jun 2018

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


22 May 2018

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.


4 May 2018

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.


31 Dec 2017

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


25 Sep 2017

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.


22 Jun 2017

New figures show that the number of female perpetrators of domestic assaults in New South Wales has been steadily increasing over the past ten years - and it's not only against partners.

Briefing paper

Issues paper no. 24
5 Jun 2017

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

Fact sheet

19 Apr 2017

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...


26 May 2016

For too long, people with disability in Victoria have endured violence in all its forms. The voices of people with disability, their families and carers have been sidelined or ignored, and widespread abuse and neglect continues. Similar to the issue of violence against women, violence...


9 Sep 2015

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)...


12 Aug 2015

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.


In 2012, there were 116,105 recorded victims of physical assault in New South Wales,...


2 Dec 2014

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...


25 Nov 2014

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...


10 Dec 2013

Misconceptions about male sexual assault have a substantial impact on under-reporting. This resource sheet identifies research and data that dispel four of these misconceptions.

Abstract: In recent years there has been an increase in community awareness of male sexual assault. However, there are...


12 Nov 2013

This paper examines men's role in the prevention of sexual assault. Sexual assault prevention has seen shifts from risk-avoidance messages aimed at women to a more inclusive paradigm that proposes both women and men have an important role to play in the prevention of all...


18 Oct 2013

This report contains eight linked feasibility studies conducted in Cairns during 2010. These exploratory studies examine the complex challenges of compiling and sharing information about incidents of person-to-person violence in a late night entertainment precinct (LNEP). The challenges were methodological as well as logistical and...


5 Aug 2013

Aim: To determine whether changes to legislation and regulation of licensed premises have affected the willingness of staff in both Top 100 and unranked premises to report assaults on licensed premises.

Method: A random sample of 1600 assaults over the period from...


24 Jun 2013

This report identifies failures in Victoria Police's handling of sexual assault cases, and recommends reforms.

Executive summary

The prevalence of sexual assault and its consequent harm to both individual victims and society as a whole has now been widely researched, documented and...

Fact sheet

4 May 2013

This snapshot describes the penalties imposed on adult offenders convicted of child sexual assault.

Over the two year period 2009 and 2010, 495 offenders were convicted of child sexual assault. 97 per cent of those convicted were male and 64 per cent...



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