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

17% of women (1.6 million) and 5.9% of men (528,800) have experienced physical violence from a current or former partner since they were 15.1

Around 41% of people seeking help from specialist homelessness services in 2019-20 were experiencing domestic and family violence.2

Domestic and family violence was the main reason why 82,000 people asked for help from specialist homelessness services in 2019-20.3

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 79% were female.4

On average, one woman is killed every nine days by a current or former partner.5

On average, one male is killed every 29 days by a current or former partner.6

Mission Australia domestic and family violence statistics

In 2019-20:

  • 12,514 people Mission Australia worked with disclosed they were experiencing domestic and family violence.7

  • Another 9,130 people who accessed our services didn’t disclose domestic and family violence, but were suspected by our staff to be experiencing it.8

 

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
2,3,4Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) report – release date 11 December 2020.
5,6Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019- brief 
7,8Mission Australia Annual Report 2020

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