PREVALENCE OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Source: 2016 Personal Safety Survey (ABS, 2017)
ANROWS has analysed the statistics related to women and personal violence. It tells us a lot about the relationship between men and women.
Since the age of 15:
• Approximately one in four women (23% or 2.2 million) has experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner (intimate partner = a current or previous partner with whom the respondent lives or has lived, or a current or former boyfriend, girlfriend or date with whom the respondent has not lived with).
• One in six women (17% or 1.6 million) has experienced at least one incident of violence by a partner (partner = a person whom the respondent lives with, or lived with at some point, in a married or de facto relationship).
• Three in ten women (30.5% or 2.85 million) have experienced physical violence (perpetrated by another person, irrespective of the type of relationship).
• Approximately one in five women (18% or 1.7 million) has experienced sexual violence (the occurrence, attempt or threat of sexual assault).
• One in six women (17% or 1.6 million) has experienced an episode of stalking (any unwanted contact or attention on more than one occasion, or multiple types of unwanted contact or behaviour experienced on one occasion, that could have caused fear or distress).
• Approximately one in four women (23% or 2.2 million) has experienced emotional abuse by a partner.
Across their lifetime:
• One in two women (53% or 5 million) has experienced sexual harassment
(experienced or has been subjected to one or more selected behaviours which they found improper or unwanted, which made them feel uncomfortable, and/or were offensive due to their sexual nature)