Demography of assault in a provincial Victorian population.
D Taylor, D Eddey, P Cameron
Aust N Z J Public Health | Published : 1997
The study examined the frequency and patterns of assault within a large regional population of Victoria. The records of 860 victims of physical assault who presented to the Geelong Hospital emergency department during 1993 and 1994 were analysed retrospectively. The policy data on 1427 reported cases of physical assault, from the same catchment area and over a similar period of time, were also examined. The hospital data revealed that 65 per cent of assault victims were males aged from 15 to 34 years, that 58 per cent of presentations were within four hours of midnight, and 68 per cent were on Friday, Saturday or Sunday. Most assaults occurred on the streets, on footpaths, in open spaces or ..View full abstract