Domestic and family violence

The state of domestic violence in Australia

Decorative only

The following is a snapshot of key domestic and family violence statistics in Australia.

Who is affected?

Women

  • On average, one woman is killed every week in Australia by an intimate partner (White Ribbon, Statistics)
  • 1 in every 3 women have experienced violence from someone known to them (White Ribbon, Statistics)
  • Domestic violence is the number one causation for homelessness in women and their children (White Ribbon, Statistics)
  • It is also the leading contributor of ill health, disability and death in women aged 15-44 (White Ribbon, Statistics)

Indigenous women

LGBTIQ+ people

78% of LGBTIQ + reported abuse is psychological

Regional and Remote women

Men

  • 1 in 20 men have experienced violence from an intimate partner (Australian Bureau of Statistics, Personal Safety)

Contextual drivers

There are myriad of interrelated contributing factors to instances of domestic violence, including:

  • Gender inequality, discrimination, supremacy and power structures
  • Condoning of violence, violent rhetoric and aggression
  • Stereotyped constructions of masculinity and femininity
  • Disrespect towards women

Contextual Drivers

These are further exacerbated by:

  • Experience of and exposure to violence (especially when young)
  • Alcohol and substance abuse
  • Poor mental health or mental illness
  • Cultural or religious norms

These factors are not linear, but represent cyclical, interrelated and often intergenerational factors.

Three-quarters of all instances of domestic violence are repeat offences (Crime Statistics Agency, Predictors of recidivism among police recorded family violence perpetrators)

In particular, young offenders are more likely to re-offend than older ones (Crime Statistics Agency, Predictors of recidivism among police recorded family violence perpetrators)

Sources

NB: These statistics were accurate at the time of compilation, July 2018