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Some interesting statistics and what it means for us.

Posted April 19, 2018 2:43 am

Let’s have a quick look at some interesting statistics in violent crime in Australia and then look at how that effects us as Krav practitioners and teachers for that matter.

Homicide:- fortunately for all of us homicide in Australia has been on a very strong decline for many years, in 1989/90 the rate was approx 1.9 incidents per 100,000 in population falling dramatically to approx 1 incident per 100,000 by 2014.

With younger males unsurprisingly 18 to 24 being 25% out of 100% of males killed as opposed to young women (same age group) at roughly 8% out of 100% of females killed.
In the 25 to 34 age group we become somewhat more even male/female at roughly 25% of males and 21/22% of female fatalities.

What’s really interesting is that in the 35 to 49 yr bracket women are equal or starting to creep slightly ahead at a rate of roughly 28% and males just short of that.

Then we see a notable change with women starting to be the victims far more frequently with males 50 to 64 being around 17% and females at 20% then when you hit 65 and over we see women at 10% and males at around 6%.

The figures in groups younger than I have mentioned are all over the shop and in most cases carried out by (generally speaking) perpetrators considerably older than them selves. So I’m not going to address this group today, that’s for another blog.

Domestic or acquaintance homicides account 35 to 40% of all homicides and intimate partner homicides account for around two thirds of all of those.

Most females die in domestic homicide situations in there own homes!
With the majority being victims of intimate partners!
Most males die in acquaintance homicedes and a larger proportion of males are killed by strangers than females.

Weapons involved:- Knives and sharp instruments are overwhelmingly the tool of choice with gun incidents in 1989/90 per 100,000 population sitting at 75 dropping dramatically to 25 to 30 in 2013/14 per 100,000 population.
Where as knife or sharp object murders have only diclined marginally over the same period from 100 to the low 80’s.
A quarter of all homicides are by personal weapon IE; ones own body (hands and feet), beaten to death with or without an improvised tool, (blunt force trauma) or strangled etc.
In 2016 knives were used in 31% of all homicides, 22% of robberies and 11% of abductions.

Most homicides by acquaintance or intimate partner take place in the victims home or the offenders home.

Stranger homicides tend to happen in the street or other locations.

Males are far more likely to be victims of physical assault from strangers than females.

In conclusion! What we see is that both male and females need to be actively training self defence, with confined spaces being taken into account (your own home) as a serious problem to be addressed in training.

Knife and sharp objects need to be dealt with on a regular basis in ones training.

Gun defences are a waiste of the students time, as the incidents of homicide are low and generally not at point blank range with little or no threatening behavour prior to discharge of the firearm, EG:- drive by shootings and / or gang related assassinations.
Muggings in this country rarely take place at gun point!

Females need to be particularly aware of the threat from their partners and males need to pay attention to acquaintances and strangers more.

Data source:- ABS Crime Victimisation, Australia,

Blog post by Dave Sargent Senior Instructor Krav Maga Canberra