In Australia Physical Assault is by far the most common type of violent crime.

In 2010 there were 171,083 physical assaults, 17,757 sexual assaults, 14,582 robberies and 260 homicides with physical assault offending significantly increasing over the past ten years with assaults committed by females increasing by 49% and assaults committed by males increasing by 18% over this period.

In 2010 males were assaulted more often than females with individuals aged from 15 to 24 years most like to be physically assaulted. Also females are more likely to be assaulted by a family member whereas males are more likely to be assaulted by a known or unknown other.

If you have been the victim of a physical assault or similar crime contact Victims of Crime Compensation Victoria for free, prompt and professional advice and support on 1800 000 055 or make an enquiry now at

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