Help sought after family and domestic violence

There are many formal and informal supports which may be used by people who experience family and domestic violence, including family and friends, health professionals and helplines. Information on how victims seek help can assist understanding and improvement of response strategies and provide information on the extent of under-reporting of family and domestic violence incidents in data collected as a by-product of service delivery. Data on advice or support (help) sought and received after the most recent experience of family and domestic violence is available from the ABS Personal Safety Survey (PSS) which collects information on the experiences of violence for women and men in Australia.

The visualisation below shows the proportion and number of females who sought advice or support after their most recent incident of physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or other family member in the last 10 years. Data are not available for males and some violence types due to data quality issues.  

Female victims who sought advice or support after most recent incident of family and domestic violence, 2016

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The visualisation below shows the different sources of help received by female victims after the most recent incident of physical and/or sexual violence by an intimate partner or other family member in the last 10 years.

Sources of advice or support received by female victims after the most recent incident of family and domestic violence, 2016

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