Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major national health and welfare issue that can have lifelong impacts for victims and perpetrators. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds, but predominantly affects women and children. The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) estimated that 2.2 million adults have been victims of physical and/or sexual violence from a partner since the age of 15 (ABS 2017).

This publication presents key findings from AIHW’s Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019 report. It highlights information on vulnerable groups, such as children and young women, examines elder abuse in the context of family, domestic and sexual violence, and includes data on telephone and web-based support services. It also includes data on homicides, child protection, hospitals and specialist homelessness services, and new data on community attitudes, sexual harassment and stalking.

New and updated data are available in the Family, domestic and sexual violence website.