Family Law Library

How does family violence affect women?

Family violence is a substantial and serious problem in Australia. It particularly affects women in terms of incidence, risk and ongoing consequences.

 

 

Incidence Risk Ongoing Consequences
For women in relationships:

  • 10% experience physical or sexual violence from their partner at some point in their lifetime.
  • 40% report at least one type of controlling behaviour, including name calling, insults, put downs or behaviour that made the woman feel intimidated.
  • The United Nations says domestic violence is the biggest health risk to women in Australia.
  • In 2007-2008 women were the victim in an intimate partner killing in nearly 80% of cases, this made women four times more likely to be a victim than a man.

 

  • A Victorian study listed domestic violence as the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15-44.