Statistics

The vast majority of dangerous abusive and violent behaviours occur in private in people’s homes and are perpetrated by men, against women.

  • One in 3 women has experienced some kind of physical violence in her lifetime (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Personal Safety Survey).
  • One in 6 adult women has experienced physical or sexual violence by a current or former partner. This compares to 1 in 19 men (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Personal Safety Survey).
  • One in 4 women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Personal Safety Survey).
  • Australian women are most likely to experience violence in their home, at the hands of a male current or ex-partner: 36% of women have experienced physical or sexual violence from someone they know, 15% have experienced violence from an ex-partner, and for 62% of the women who had experienced physical assault by a male perpetrator, the most recent incident was in their home (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Personal Safety Survey).
  • Domestic violence is a vastly under reported crime. Of women who had experienced violence from a current partner, 39% had never sought advice or support and 80% had never contacted the Police (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Personal Safety Survey).
  • Of women who have experienced violence by an ex-partner, 73% experienced more than one incident of violence, and over half had children in their care when the violence occurred (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2012, Personal Safety Survey).
  • 89 women were killed by their current or former partner between 2008-10. This equates to nearly one woman every week (National Homicide Monitoring Program Annual Report, 2013, Australian Institute of Criminology).