Overview

Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major national health and welfare issue that can have lifelong impacts for victims and perpetrators. According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Personal Safety Survey, 2.2 million Australians have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner and 3.6 million Australians have experience emotional abuse from a partner. About 2.2 million Australians have experience sexual violence since the age of 15.

More reports and statistics on family, domestic & sexual violence can be found under Child protection and Indigenous Australians.

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Latest findings

2.2 million Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous partner

Indigenous people were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised for family violence as non-Indigenous people in 2016–17

1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner

More than 30 calls a day were made to elder abuse helplines across Australia in 2017–18

26,500 children aged 0–9 were assisted by specialist homelessness services due to domestic violence in 2017–18

1 woman was killed every 9 days and 1 man every 29 days by a partner between 2014–15 and 2015–16

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