The Hard Facts on Domestic and Family Violence

These facts are hard to stomach.

Tragically, the fact is, every week on average a women is killed by her current or former partner. Every week. 

(Bryant, W. & Bricknall, S. (2017). Homicide in Australia 2012-2014: National Homicide Monitoring Program report. Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology. Retrieved from https://aic.gov.au/publications/sr/sr002)

Another fact is 1 in 5 women have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15. 

(Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0)

 1 in 3 women aged 18-24 have experienced sexual harassment.

(Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/2xqbuUn)

85% of Australian women have been sexually harassed.

(AHRC (2018). Everyone’s business: 4th national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Retrieved from: https://whiteribbon.org/2Ea7Q6C)

1 in 6 women have experienced stalking since the age of 15.

(Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0)

Domestic violence rates are higher in rural and regional NSW.

(Grech, K. and Burgess, M. (2011). Trends and patterns in domestic violence assaults: 2001 to 2010. Bureau of Statistics, Issue Paper no. 61. Sydney: NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. Retrieved from https://www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au/Documents/BB/bb61.pdf)

1 in 3 young people presenting alone to homelessness services have experienced domestic violence.

Source: AIHW (2018). Specialist Homelessness Services Annual Report 2016-17. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/2RHwr6h

Violence against women is estimated to cost the Australian economy $22 billion a year.

KPMG. (2016). The cost of violence against women and their children in Australia. Canberra: Department of Social Services. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/2wzVWxC

Indigenous women are 32x more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women.

Website: Hall and Partners Open Mind. (2015). The Line campaign. Summary of Research Findings. Melbourne: Our Watch. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/2Cd1O5c

SOURCE: These facts have been sourced from the White Ribbon Website and can be found also at https://www.whiteribbon.org.au