Hospitalisations for family and domestic violence

Some people who experience family and domestic violence require care from a health professional, and in some cases are admitted to hospital. Examining the number of hospitalised cases (hospitalisations) for injuries related to family and domestic violence provides an indication of the demand for these services. However, these data do not include presentations to emergency departments and will relate to more severe (and mostly physical) experiences of family and domestic violence. In addition, those who are hospitalised may choose not to disclose their experience of family and domestic violence, or the information may not be fully recorded. Data are drawn from the AIHW National Hospital Morbidity Database.

The visualisation below allows users to explore the rate of family and domestic violence hospitalisations, by sex over time. Changes in hospitalisation rates may be due to changes in disclosure, changes in identification of family and domestic violence by health professionals, and/or increased family and domestic violence events requiring hospitalisation.

Family and domestic violence hospitalisations, by sex, 200910-201920

The visualisation below allows users to explore the rate of family and domestic violence hospitalisations by relationship to perpetrator and sex, across age groups. 

Family and domestic violence hospitalisations by relationship to perpetrator, 2019–20

Population groups

This information can be used to inform the development of more targeted programs and services for select population groups. 

The visualisation below allows users to explore the rate of family and domestic violence hospitalisations, by various population groups.

Family and domestic violence hospitalisations, for select population groups, 201920