Overview

Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major national health and welfare issue that can have lifelong impacts for victims and people who use violence (perpetrators). According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics 2016 Personal Safety Survey, 2.2 million Australians have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner and 3.6 million Australians have experienced emotional abuse from a partner. About 2.2 million Australians have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.

More reports and statistics on family, domestic & sexual violence can be found under Child protection, Children and youth, Disability, Environment and health, Homelessness servicesIndigenous Australians, Injury and Men and women.

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2.2 million Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous partner

Over 2 million Australian adults have experienced sexual violence at least once since the age of 15

Females were more likely than males to have more than one FDV hospital stay (14% compared with 9%).

People who had a FDV hospital stay had a higher rate of death than people in the matched comparison group.

Around 1 in 5 people with a FDV hospital stay had at least one additional hospital stay due to assault (including FDV).

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