What is Family and Domestic violence?
Family & domestic violence is conduct that is violent, threatening, coercive, controlling or intended to cause the family or household member to be fearful. It can include:
- psychological abuse
- financial abuse
- harm to an animal or property
- restricting your spiritual or cultural participation as well as exposing children to the effects of these behaviours.
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE STATS 2015
- Around 500,000 Australian women reported that they had experienced physical or sexual violence or sexual assault in the past 12 months.
- Over 1,000,000 women had experienced physical or sexual assault by their male current or ex-partner since the age of fifteen (some women may be counted twice if they experienced both physical and sexual assault).
- 37.8% of women who experienced physical assault in the 12 months before the survey said the perpetrator was a current or previous male partner and 34.4% said the perpetrator was a male family member or friend. Most incidences of physical assault against women in the 12 months prior to 2005 were committed in a home (64.1%).
- 33.3% of women had experienced physical violence since the age of fifteen.
- 19.1% of women had experienced sexual violence since the age of fifteen.
- 12.4% of women had been sexually abused before the age of fifteen, compared with 4.5% of men, between 1996 and 2005. There was an increase in the reporting of sexual assault to police from 14.9% to 18.9% between 1996 and 2005 and there was an increase in the reporting of physical violence to police from 18.5% to 36%.
- 64% of women who experienced physical assault and 81.1% of women who experienced sexual assault still did not report it to police. The proportion of women aged between 18 and 34 who reported experiencing physical violence has decreased but the proportion of women who reported experiencing physical violence after 45 increased over the same period. The percentage of women who reported that their children had witnessed partner-related violence either from a current or ex-partner was lower than in 1996.
If you are currently experiencing or have experienced or know someone that is being abused please contact 1800RESPECT
For further information click on this link: https://www.1800respect.org.au/
Stats retrieved from Family Violence website: http://www.familyviolence.com.au/