Safety Snapshots

Victims of assault

Children and young people can be victims of assault which is defined by the Australian Bureau of Statistics as the direct infliction or threat of force, injury or violence upon a person. In 2019, 2,332 children and young people under 20 years were victims of assault (excluding sexual assault) in South Australia. Converted to a rate per 100,000 population, the number of assaults equates to a victimisation rate for young South Australians under 20 years of 566 per 100,000 population.

In 2019, the victimisation rate for assault was higher for young people aged 15 to 19 years (1,340 per 100,000 population) than for children under 10 years (122 per 100,000 population) in South Australia.

Secure care and supervision

In 2018-19, the rate for young people 10-17 years in secure care (detention) and under community-based supervision was 30.2 per 10,000 population. This is a decrease from 2009-10 when the rate of secure care (detention) and under community-based supervision was 63.8 per 10,000 population.

More young people were in community-based supervision (24 per 10,000 population) than in secure care (17 per 10,000) in South Australia in 2018-19.

The rate of secure care (detention) and under community-based supervision for Aboriginal young people 10-17 years in 2018-19 was 296 per 10,000 population, a decrease from 2009-10 (449 per 10,000 population) and lower than the Australian rate in 2018-19 (304 per 10,000 population).

Very remote South Australia had the highest rate of secure care (detention) and under community-based supervision (83 per 10,000 population) and inner regional South Australia had the lowest (9.2 per 10,000 population).

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