Domestic violence is one of Australia's most pressing issues, and the numbers that prove it are truly alarming. While we hear a lot about big cases that capture the nation's attention (remember poor Allison Baden-Clay?), there are so many that we're all missing.
With one woman killed in Australia every week by a current or former partner, domestic violence has reached epidemic proportions. It's time to start paying close attention, if you aren't already, to the below key statistics, which we've compiled via the Domestic Violence Prevention Centre and White Ribbon.
The Statistics You Need to Know
- On average, across 12 months, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner.
- Of all Australian women, 25 percent have experienced sexual violence by someone they know.
- One-third of all Australian women have suffered physical abuse from someone known to them.
- A quarter of all Aussie women have experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner.
- Females are five times more likely than men to require medical attention after being abused by a partner.
How You Can Help
If you need to talk to someone about sexual, domestic or family violence, call 1800 737 732. Someone is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.