The statistics are alarming. Violence against women is a national tragedy.
The statistics on violence against women in Australia are shocking. Violence against women is an issue that not only affects the victim themselves but also their children. Growing up with violence can have a profound effect on a child’s capacity to learn, future relationships, health, emotional wellbeing and engagement in work and community life.
Along with the tragic impact that violence has on the individual lives of women and their children, it also has community and economy-wide impacts. The total annual cost of violence against women and their children in Australia was estimated to be $22 billion in 2015‑16. (The Cost of Violence against Women and their Children in Australia, KPMG, 2016)
The 2016 Personal Safety Survey conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that since the age of 15:
A 2018 Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report shows that, in Australia, about one woman a week was killed by a current or former partner between 2012‑2013 and 2013‑2014. The community is concerned that this figure appears to be rising.
We also know that Indigenous women are 32 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence than non-Indigenous women (Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018).
The Commonwealth Government funds two national surveys under the National Plan that measure the prevalence of violence against women in Australia as well as community attitudes and behaviours on violence against women. Key statistics arising from these surveys are publicly available:
ANROWS publishes useful infographics providing key facts and figures on violence against women.
Visit our Research page for links to key research and publications relating to violence against women.