Partner violence in Australia: new analysis

An estimated 1 in 6 women (1.6 million) aged 18 years and over had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15, according to findings from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS).

The 2016 PSS also found that the proportion of women who experienced partner violence in the last 12 months had remained relatively stable since the PSS was previously conducted in 2012 and 2005.

ABS Director of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics, William Milne, said new analysis of 2016 PSS data identified a number of sociodemographic characteristics that were associated with experiences of partner violence for women.

“These included financial stress, unemployment, the presence of a disability or a long-term health condition, poor or fair health, and low levels of life satisfaction,” he said.

New analysis about characteristics of the most recent incident of physical assault has also been released.

“This showed that being pushed, grabbed, or shoved was the most common physical assault behaviour experienced by women, regardless of the perpetrator type.”

However, women were more likely to have been kicked, bitten, hit with a fist, or choked when the perpetrator was a male partner compared with another known male (such as a family member or friend).

Physical injuries were also more common when the perpetrator was a male partner (58 per cent), compared with another known male (45 per cent) and a male stranger (29 per cent),” said Mr Milne.

“One in five women sought advice or support from a general practitioner after being assaulted by a male partner (20 per cent), which was twice the rate compared with another known male (11 per cent),” added Mr Milne.

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