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This paper from the Australian Parliamentary Library provides an overview of the prevalence, risk factors and cost of domestic violence in Australia. 

Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) notes that, in Australia, domestic violence is the most prevalent form of violence experienced by women, and a woman is more likely to be assaulted in her home by a male partner than anywhere or anyone else.

Although a stronger evidence base is required as the full extent of domestic violence remains unknown, it is known that the majority of those who experience domestic violence are women, and such violence affects members of all cultures, ages and socio-economic groups. ANROWS has summarised the results of the 2012 PSS, highlighting that, since the age of 15:

  • 1 in 6 Australian women had experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner
  • 1 in 19 Australian men had experienced physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner
  • 1 in 4 Australian women had experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner
  • 1 in 7 Australian men had experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.

Read the report: Domestic violence in Australia: a quick guide to the issues

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