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.
More than 2 in 5
Australian men have experienced violence since the age of 15
In 2016, for men aged 18 or over (ABS 2017):
- around 2 in 5 (42%) had experienced violence since the age of 15—41% had experienced physical violence and 4.7% had experienced sexual violence
- around 1 in 20 (6%):
- had experienced violence in the last 12 months (6%), with the highest rates among men aged 18–24 (11%), and the lowest among men aged 65 and over (1.4%)
- had experienced cohabiting partner violence since the age of 15 (6.1%)
- had experienced an episode of stalking since the age of 15 (6.5%)
- around 1 in 6 had experienced emotional abuse by a partner since the age of 15 (16%)
- 1 in 4 (25%) 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.