The following statistics demonstrate how disturbingly common domestic and family violence is in Australian society. They also show domestic and family violence is one of the main reasons women and children become homeless in Australia. Acknowledging these facts helps us understand the extent of the issue – something that is important if we are to address it.

Domestic and family violence in Australia

16% of women (1.5 million) and 5.9% of men (528,800) have experienced physical violence from a partner since they were 15.1

More than 1 million Australian children are affected by domestic and family violence.2

Around 42% of people seeking help from specialist homelessness services in 2017-18 were experiencing domestic and family violence.3

Domestic and family violence was the main reason why 85,000 people asked for help from specialist homelessness services in 2017-18.4

Of the people who asked for help from specialist homelessness services due to domestic and family violence related issues, more than three out of four or 78% were female.5

On average, one woman per week is killed by a current or former partner.6

On average, one male per month is killed by a current or former partner.7

Mission Australia domestic and family violence statistics

In 2017-18:

  • 9,488 people Mission Australia worked with disclosed they were experiencing domestic and family violence.8

  • Another 6,745 people who accessed our services didn’t disclose domestic and family violence, but were suspected by our staff to be experiencing it.9

 

Know someone affected by domestic and family violence?

If you are experiencing abuse or violence it is not your fault. There are support services that can help you. If your life is in danger, call 000. For 24/7 domestic violence counselling call the National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line on 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732).

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1Australian Bureau of Statistics (2017), Personal safety, Australia, 2016, cat. no. 4906.0, Canberra: ABS, accessed at http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0
2UNSW (2011) The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: A Literature Review
3,4,5Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) report – release date Friday 14 December 2018.
6,7Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2018) Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, 2018
8,9Mission Australia Annual Report 2018

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