Domestic Violence Statistics

“Australian Police respond to approximately 657 domestic violence incidents every day in the year. This is one response every two minutes. Around Australia this comes to 239,846 per year.”

Provided by state and territory police to Clare Blumer, 2015

“Approximately, every week one woman is killed by a previous or current partner.”

Australian Institute of Criminology, (AIC) 2015

“Few women who were victims of domestic violence sought help from a specialised agency. Only 16 per cent of women who experienced intimate partner violence contacted an agency such as a shelter, crisis centre or hotline, counsellor or women’s centre.”

Mouzos and Makkai, Women’s experiences of male violence, op. cit, p. 100.

“Women were more likely to talk to someone else about a violent incident than they were to tell police or contact a specialised agency. Some 75 per cent of women spoke to someone else about a violent incident involving an intimate partner. Most spoke to a friend, a neighbour or an immediate family member.”

Mouzos and Makkai, Women’s experiences of male violence, op. cit, p. 101.

23% of all children had disclosed witnessing violence against their mother or stepmother.

Kelly Richards, ‘Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence in Australia’ (2011) 419 Trends and issues in crime and criminal justice, Australian Institute of Criminology.

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