(Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
“Looking only at the numbers can at times appear to depersonalise the pain and suffering that sits behind the statistics.”
The report made a number of key findings, including:
- 1 in 6 (1.6 million) women and 1 in 16 (500,000) men have experienced physical and/or sexual violence by a cohabiting partner since age 15.
- 1 woman a week and 1 man a month were killed by a current or former partner in the two years from 2012-13 to 2013-14.
- 2,800 women and 560 men were hospitalised in 2014-15 after being assaulted by a spouse or partner.
- 72,000 women, 34,000 children and 9,000 men sought homelessness services in 2016-17 due to family/domestic violence.
- Intimate partner violence causes more illness, disability and deaths than any other risk factor for women aged 25-44.
- 1 in 5 (1.7 million) women and 1 in 20 (429,000) men have been sexually assaulted and/or threatened since age 15.
- 1 in 6 (1.5 million) women and 1 in 9 (992,000) men were physically and/or sexually abused before the age of 15.
The AIHW compiled data from 20 major sources to build a picture of family violence in Australia.
It identified six groups most at risk of experiencing some form of violence or abuse: Indigenous women, young women, pregnant women, women with disabilities, women experiencing financial hardship, and people who had witnessed abuse as children.