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Family and domestic violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women and their children in Australia, and can take a number of forms:

  • physical –  e.g., slapping, hitting, choking, stabbing
  • sexual – e.g., rape, harassment, being forced to watch pornography
  • emotional or psychological – e.g., isolating the person from friends, family, culture, threats against children, threats to commit suicide or self-harm
  • financial – e.g., withholding money, controlling family finances, taking out loans in a partner’s name without consent
  • stalking – e.g., repeated following, watching or harassing.

It is a major issue in Australia and affects people from all walks of life, irrespective of age, culture, sexual identity, ability, ethnicity, religion or socioeconomic status.

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

One woman is hospitalised every 3 hours

Children see and hear the violence too

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.[1]


[1] DSS, 2009

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