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Perceived and actual main causes of violent death in Australia 2018

This statistic presents the results of a survey on perceived leading causes of death through interpersonal violence in Australia as of October 2018. According to data published by Ipsos, around 30 percent of Australian respondents thought that most people killed through interpersonal violence in 2015 died from sharp objects such as knives, when the actual share of knife victims in 2015 was around 36 percent of all violent deaths in Australia.

Perceived and actual leading causes of death through interpersonal violence in Australia as of October 2018

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Release date

December 2018



Survey time period

September 28 to October 16, 2018

Number of respondents

approximately 1,000

Special properties

nationally representative sample

Method of interview

Online panel

Supplementary notes

The original survey question was phrased as follows:
"Thinking about people who are killed by other people in Australia in 2015, do you think more people were killed by firearms, sharp objects such as knives or other physical violence? Choose the one option that you think resulted in the most deaths."

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