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Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds, but mainly women and children. This report explores the impact of family, domestic and sexual violence among vulnerable groups.
Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story, 2019: in brief is a companion to this report.
2.2 million Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous partner
Police recorded 25,000 sexual assaults in 2017
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner
Indigenous people were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised for family violence as non-Indigenous people in 2016–17
First year: 2012–13
Latest year: 2017–18
Years in this publication: 2017–18
Size: 16,526 clients
Methodology: Administrative data set
The Commonwealth Department of Human Services offers support to people experiencing family and domestic violence. Support is accessible in the form of resources, information and referrals. Financial aid is available to eligible individuals as a one-off crisis payment. This payment aims to provide emergency finance to people who are leaving violent relationships.
The Department of Human Services Centrelink data records details of individuals seeking one-off crisis payments in 2017–18.
To qualify for a crisis payment, a person must be experiencing extreme circumstances, such as leaving a violent relationship. The payment is equivalent to the person’s existing fortnightly income support rate, and is only available to people that meet specific criteria. People receiving a crisis payment due to domestic and family violence are classified as domestic violence victims.
The one-off crisis payment is available nationally for every state and territory.
Domestic and family violence is defined by the Department of Human Services as any behaviour by a family member that is violent, threatening, controlling or intended to elicit fear or the feeling of being unsafe. Types of family and domestic violence that are included in the Department of Human Service’s definition are:
For more information, visit Department of Human Services, Crisis Payment.
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