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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.
26,500 children aged 0–9 were assisted by specialist homelessness services due to domestic violence in 2017–18
Police recorded 25,000 sexual assaults in 2017
2.2 million Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous partner
1 woman was killed every 9 days and 1 man every 29 days by a partner between 2014–15 and 2015–16
First year: 2009
Latest year: 2017
Frequency: Every 4 years (2009, 2013, 2017)
Year in this publication: 2017
Sample size: 17, 542
Methodology: Telephone survey
The overall aim of the NCAS project is to develop and extend the evidence and knowledge base required to foster community attitudes that support women to live free from exposure to violence, including threats of or fear of violence.
The 2017 NCAS comprised a 20-minute national telephone survey of 17,542 persons aged 16 and over. The survey used a dual-frame sample design such that approximately half of the respondents were interviewed via randomly generated landline telephone numbers and approximately half were interviewed via randomly generated mobile phone numbers. This dual-frame design enabled the mobile phone-only population (that is, those without a residential landline telephone connection but nonetheless contactable via their mobile phone) to be included in the sample.
This report adopts the definition of violence against women that is presented in the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence Against Women (1993) as ‘any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life’. The term ‘violence against women’ is inclusive of the range of forms of violence experienced by women. Violence against women includes men’s physical and sexual violence against women in intimate relationships and families, but also encompasses other forms of violence perpetrated in other settings or circumstances. The survey focuses on community attitudes towards interpersonal forms of gender-based violence as they affect women including:
For more information, visit National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey
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