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 2016 Personal Safety Survey estimated that 2.2 million adults have been victims of physical and/or sexual violence from a partner since the age of 15, 1 in 2 women and 1 in 4 men have been sexually harassed, and 1 in 6 women and 1 in 16 men have experienced stalking. In 2017, police recorded 25,000 victims of sexual assault.

This report builds on the AIHW’s inaugural Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia 2018 report. It presents information on vulnerable groups, such as children and young women. It examines elder abuse in the context of family, domestic and sexual violence, and includes data on telephone and web-based support services, community attitudes, sexual harassment and stalking. It also includes data on homicides, child protection, hospitals and specialist homelessness services.

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