Too many Australian women and children experience violence every day
More than one woman is killed every week on average in Australia by a partner or former partner.
One woman is hospitalised every 3 hours
Children see and hear the violence too. They suffer serious emotional, psychological, social and behavioural consequences as a result of domestic violence.
Perpetrators of domestic violence often manipulate the mother-child relationship, using children in committing violence, such as threatening to harm the children. In some cases, children may be directly targeted by the perpetrator and suffer physical, emotional and sexual abuse.
The cost of violence against women and their children to the Australian economy in 2009 was $13.6 billion. It’s calculated to rise to $15.6 billion by 2012-22 without the right preventive action.
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