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Statistics on Indigenous women as perpetrators

22 January 2021

11:53 AM

22 January 2021

11:53 AM

It isn’t easy to find data on Indigenous women’s violence. The numerous reports on Indigenous violence usually omit any mention of Indigenous women as perpetrators of domestic violence. 

The following information was based on statistics produced by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOSCAR).    

Here’s the most relevant data.

Summarizing some of this data, here is a graph giving the latest 2019 figures showing offender rates for domestic violence assaults, comparing male and female Indigenous and general populations per 100,000. 

The red bars represent the Aboriginal population and grey ones, the group of all men or women.  


See the huge red bar on the right. That represents the high rates of domestic violence in Aboriginal men, towering over the grey one representing domestic violence in the general population of males.  

But on the left you can see the red bar for Aboriginal women who are far more violent not only than the group of all women, but also the bar representing all men.  

The data shows Indigenous women are eight times more likely to be perpetrators of domestic violence than women in general.  

And Aboriginal women are more than twice as violent as men in general. See here the 2019  comparison of these two groups.   

Indigenous women also show the greatest growth in domestic violence perpetrator rates over the last decade.  

Have a look at this graph comparing 2010 figures to the 2019 rates. You’ll see that women are becoming more violent. 

Look at the small bars at the top of the graph showing the changing rates over the last decade for all women. The bottom 2019 grey graph is significantly larger than the top red 2010 one.  

Go further down and you’ll see the domestic violence rates for all men are decreasing…so the red bar for the 2010 figures is larger than the grey bar for the 2019 group.  

Moving further down the graph you find the Aboriginal women. Here you can see a major leap in rates of violence over the past decade, comparing the smaller red bar for 2010 to the significantly larger grey bar for 2019 below.

And finally, at the bottom, there are the Aboriginal males and here too we see a decline – contrary to the popular narrative.

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