Current Statistics in Australia
Domestic and family violence is a serious issue in Australia. Some loud voices may say we’re better off than we used to be, but while this violence continues, we must continue to call out this evil in our midst.
The following statistics show an abhorrent reality, that too many women are experiencing violence at their hands of their partners.
- Domestic violence against women results, on average, in a police call-out once every two minutes across Australia.
- 95 per cent of men and 80 per cent of women who had experienced violence from a current partner had never contacted the police.
- Intimate partner violence contributes to more death, disability and illness in women aged 15 to 44 than any other preventable factor: 103 women were killed in FDV–related Homicides in 2015, which accounts for two-thirds of victims.
A 2013 NSW survey, conducted by the Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, of 300 victims attending domestic violence services showed that only half reported their most recent incident to police and the most common reason for not reporting was fear of revenge or further violence.
The national dataset is not yet able to identify the frequency or severity of victims' experience of violence. This shortcoming could obscure substantial differences in how men and women experience domestic violence in Australia.