Key statistics and facts

We need to understand violence against women if we are to prevent it. There are lots of statistics about violence against women. We have chosen the below to demonstrate the severity of such violence, its prevalence, and the groups most vulnerable to experiencing it:

  • A woman dies at the hands of a current or former partner almost every week in Australia (Australian Institute of criminology 2003). Some research suggests this rate is much higher.
  • One woman in three has experienced physical violence, since the age of 15. (Vichealth 2014)
  • One woman in five has experienced sexual violence. (Vichealth 2014)
  • One woman in four had experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner (Australian Bureau of Statistics)
  • Women in Australia are three times more likely than men to experience violence at the hands of a partner (ABS, 2013)
  • Almost half of the women who experience violence by an ex-partner said children had seen or heard the violence ( ABS 2013)
  • Young women (18 – 24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups (ABS 2013)
  • There is growing evidence that women with a disability are more likely to experience violence. For example, 90% of Australian women with an intellectual disability have been subjected to sexual abuse (Woman with Disabilities Australia 2004)
  • Indigenous women experience disproportionately high levels of family violence ( AIC, 2004)

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