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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.
Police recorded 25,000 sexual assaults in 2017
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
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner
First year: 2017–18 (available to the AIHW)
Latest year: 2017–18
Years in this publication: 2017–18
Size: 68,574 Clients
Methodology: Administrative data set
Relationships Australia provides services to assist those impacted by family and domestic violence (FDV). FDV services aim to support those who are seeking ways to improve their own safety, overcome the impact of trauma, or reduce their use of violence in their relationships. Relationships Australia provided de-identified data about clients seeking services for FDV in 2017–18.
Relationships Australia provides services in more than 120 locations across Australia, with a presence in every state and territory. The data on clients accessing FDV services were only collected in selected states where family violence services were provided.
A person became a ‘client’ when they contacted Relationships Australia for support and they attended an intake session. The services accessed fall within the service category of Family Violence Prevention, which include counselling and support services to those who have been impacted by FDV, and programs and courses to those who have used violence or abuse in their relationships. Education based prevention programs about healthy relationships are also provided in schools and other community settings. This activity was not included in the data set.
Relationships Australia offers FDV support and counselling services to individuals impacted by violence or abuse in their relationships, as well as to couples, children and families where safe to do so. Relationships Australia has adopted a broad definition of FDV which is consistent with the Family Law Act 1975. This broader definition recognises emotional and economic abuse as well as the physical and sexual abuse that is adopted in the narrow definition.
For more information, visit Relationships Australia.
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