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Response to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare – Domestic Violence leading cause to hospitalised assault among girls and women

CEO of White Ribbon Australia, Libby Davies said, “This is the sad daily reality of domestic violence in Australia”.

“These figures are alarming and inexcusable; however not surprising.

“This report paints a disturbing picture for women between 20 and 34 years of age. Each year across Australia, 2,500 women in this age bracket experience physical violence to the level where they are being hospitalised[1].

These figures are likely to be a significant underestimate of women’s experiences of violence. Not all women will disclose their relationship to the perpetrator on presentation to hospital, and even more women will not go to hospital at all. Physical violence resulting in injury is just one form of violence and abuse that women experience. Verbal, social and financial abuse also causes significant harm to Australian women.

The new information we have today is a reminder of how far we have to go in ending men’s violence against women. It is critical men who chose to use violence are held accountable. All men can and must take responsibility for their role by being part of the solution alongside the women who are impacted.

“Most men recognise that any form of abuse or violence against their partner or spouse is unacceptable, and we need these men to stand up, speak out and act to build a society where these statistics are no longer our reality.”


AIHW – report overview:

Media: Irina Kamychnikova 0426 221 550

[1] Figures are based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report: Domestic violence leading cause of hospitalised assault among girls and women and ABS 31010DO002_201603 Australian Demographic Statistics, Mar 2016

This policy statement represents the organisational position of White Ribbon Australia. It does not represent the individual opinions and views of our stakeholders, including, but not limited to, our Ambassadors, Advocates, Partners and staff members.

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