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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.
1 woman was killed every 9 days and 1 man every 29 days by a partner between 2014–15 and 2015–16
26,500 children aged 0–9 were assisted by specialist homelessness services due to domestic violence in 2017–18
2.2 million Australians have experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or previous partner
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner
First year: July 1989
Latest year: 2015–16
Year in this publication: 2014–15 to 2015–16
Size: All homicides
Methodology: Administrative data
Homicide is among the most serious of all crimes. Preventing homicide and other lethal violence remains a key priority for Australian criminal justice and law enforcement agencies. The National Homicide Monitoring Program (NHMP) and its collection of data is Australia’s national system that monitors homicide rates, undertakes detailed analysis of homicide types and trends, and communicates this to stakeholders including police, government and non-government organisations, and the public.
The NHMP collects data on the following:
The NHMP draws on two key sources of data:
Homicide incidents are classified into categories according to the victim(s) and offender’s principal relationship. The categories for a domestic homicide incident—incidents involving the death of a family member or other person in a domestic relationship—include:
For more information, visit National Homicide Monitoring Program.
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