Anyone can be affected by family and domestic violence, even men.
However, women and children are impacted by violence perpetrated by their partners, former partners, parent or family members in greater numbers than men. For example, women are 79% more likely to be killed by an intimate partner.
Groups of Women at Greater Risk of Domestic Violence
Family and domestic violence does not discriminate between age groups or socio-economic and demographic groups, though certain groups of women are at greater risk due to their vulnerabilities, including:
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women;
- young women;
- pregnant women – this is often the first-time domestic violence occurs;
- women who have recently separated – most vulnerable in first 6 months;
- women with a disability;
- women who have experienced a natural disaster – often can occur during times of natural disasters such as bushfires or floods.
Common Questions about Family & Domestic Violence
Where does the violence occur?
65% experienced physical violence in the home.
Are your children affected?
- 61% had children in their care when the violence occurred.
- Almost 50% of children witness or hear domestic violence.
What are the statistics for Australian women?
Women from 15 years of age are being abused by a partner / former partner / family member at the following rates:
- One in three have experienced physical violence.
- One in four women have experienced emotional abuse.
- One in five have experienced sexual violence.
- Almost one woman will die each week.
Don’t let this be you – what can you do?
- If in immediate danger ring 000.
- Call or tell someone when it is safe to do so.
- Ring a helpline such as DV Connect or 1800Respect.
- Seek help from your doctor or other health professional.
- Talk to police at your local police station for advice.
- Develop a safety plan and practice it.
- Keep documents together in a safe place.
- Collect evidence, photos of injuries, text messages etc.
Author: Maree Stevens, BAdVocEd; GCert Sp Ed; M SocWk; M HumServ; GDipCouns; GCert MentalHlthPrac.
Maree is an Accredited Mental Health Social Worker with several years’ experience counselling people impacted by domestic abuse. She is so passionate about support for victims of family and domestic violence that she volunteers her time to support homeless families impacted by FDV through St Vincent De Paul.
Maree is also currently participating in a project with the Queensland Government regarding Family Violence training options for generalist services.
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- ANROWS https://www.anrows.org.au/media-releases/key-statistics-violence-against-women/
- Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS 2016)
- Image reprinted with permission of Sara Hernández 2019.