Violence

Violence is the intentional threat or actual use of physical force or power against oneself, another person, or a group, that results in injury, death, psychological harm, abnormal growth or deprivation.

Almost 2 in 5

Australian women have experienced violence since the age of 15.

In 2016, for women aged 18 or over (ABS 2017):

  • Around 7 in 20 (37%) had experienced violence since the age of 15—of these, 3 in 10 (31%) had experienced physical violence and around 2 in 10 (18%) had experienced sexual violence.
  • 1 in 20 (4.5%) had experienced violence in the last 12 months, with the highest rates among women aged 18–24 (12%) and the lowest among women aged 65 and over (1.2%).
  • Around 3 in 20 (17%) had experienced partner violence since the age of 15.
  • Around 3 in 20 (17%) had experienced an episode of stalking since the age of 15.
  • 1 in 4 (23%) had experienced emotional abuse by a partner since the age of 15.
  • Over half (53%) had experienced sexual harassment during their lifetime.

For information on family, domestic and sexual violence see Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019.