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Other Facts & Statistics

Impact on health

Statistics show that domestic violence has a negative impact on a woman’s health, including mental health.

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Intimate partner violence is a leading contributor to illness, disability and premature death for women aged 18-44.

Ayre et al. (2016). Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011. Sydney: ANROWS. Retrieved from http://bit.ly/2W1LzfV

 

Economic Impact

Statistics on the economic costs of violence against women prove that this issue impacts everyone.

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Violence against women is estimated to cost the Australian economy $22 billion a year.

KPMG. (2016). The cost of violence against women and their children in Australia. Canberra: Department of Social Services. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/2wzVWxC


 

Indigenous Australia

Statistics show that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience high levels of violence and abuse. Family violence among Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people impacts on the health and social outcomes of women and children.


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Indigenous women are 32x more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-indigenous women.

Website: Hall and Partners Open Mind(2015). The Line campaign. Summary of Research Findings. Melbourne: Our Watch.

 

LGBTQIA+

Statistics show that women who identify as LGBTQIA+ experience high levels of violence and abuse.


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92% of women who identify as LGBTQIA+ have experienced sexual harassment in their lifetime.

AHRC (2018). Everyone’s business: 4th national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Retrieved from: https://whiteribbon.org/2Ea7Q6C


 

Disability

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9 out of 10 women with a disability have been sexually harassed.

AHRC (2018). Everyone’s business: 4th national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Retrieved from: https://whiteribbon.org/2Ea7Q6C

 

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1 in 2 women with a disability have experienced sexual harassment in the workplace in the last 5 years.

AHRC (2018). Everyone’s business: 4th national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Retrieved from: https://whiteribbon.org/2Ea7Q6C


 

Homelessness & Housing

Statistics demonstrate the clear link between domestic violence and homelessness. Ending men’s violence against women would see homelessness among women and their children decrease.

 

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Domestic and family violence is the leading cause of homelessness for women and their children.

AIHW. (2017). Specialist Homelessness Services 2016–17. Canberra: AIHW. Retrieved from: https://whiteribbon.org/2WDrP6u

 

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Most women leaving a violent relationship move out of their home.

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from: https://bit.ly/1OgLEWS


 

Seeking Help

These statistics show the role services, friends and family play in supporting women escaping domestic violence and supporting women experiencing abuse.

 

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Women seeking support for partner violence are most likely to ask friends or family for help.

Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2017). Personal Safety Survey 2016. ABS cat. no. 4906.0. Canberra: ABS. Retrieved from: http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0

 

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18% of people who experienced workplace sexual assault sought advice or support.

AHRC (2018). Everyone’s business: 4th national survey on sexual harassment in Australian workplaces. Retrieved from: https://whiteribbon.org/2Ea7Q6C