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Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia

Helping to create a more coherent picture of violence in Australia, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) recently brought together various data sources around violence in Australia to publish the “Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia” report.

Amongst other at-risk groups, the report highlights women as an at-risk group for family, domestic and sexual violence. Statistics provided in the report outline;

  • 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have been subjected to physical and/or sexual violence by a current or previous cohabiting partner since the age of 15.
  • 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men have experienced emotional abuse from a current or previous partner since the age of 15.
  • In 2016, on average, 52 sexual assaults against women and 11 against men were recorded by police each day.
  • 54% of women who had experienced current partner violence, experienced more than one violent incident.

Family and domestic violence can have consequences beyond the individual’s physical wellbeing, with violence causing or contributing to 115,000 individuals seeking homelessness services in 2016-17. Violence also has significant financial implications, with violence against women and their children estimating to cost $22 billion in 2015-16.

It is anticipated that this report will assist in decreasing the rate of violence in Australia by supporting health professionals during the planning and delivery of violence prevention and intervention programs. To access the full report click here.

If this blog or the report raises any issues for you call 1800 Respect (1800 737 732) or Lifeline (13 11 14).