Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major national health and welfare issue that can have lifelong impacts for victims and perpetrators.
Domestic and family violence is when someone intentionally uses violence, threats, force or intimidation to control or manipulate a partner, former partner or family member.
It’s not just being hurt physically. There are many different types of violence including physical, verbal, emotional, financial, sexual and psychological abuse.
While domestic and family violence occurs across all ages and genders, it is most commonly carried out by men against women who are their current or former partners. In Australia:
On average, more than one woman is killed every week by a partner or former partner.
Domestic and family violence results in one woman being hospitalised every 3 hours.
Women are nearly three times more likely to experience intimate partner violence than men.
Women are 8 times more likely to experience sexual violence by a partner than men.
If you or someone you know is experiencing family, domestic or intimate partner violence you can get help and support by calling the Domestic Violence Crisis Service in the ACT, 24/7 on 6280 0900 or by visiting their website at dvcs.org.au. Their crisis line is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
While Women's Health Matters takes all care to ensure that the information provided is up to date, we provide this information on the assumption that people accessing it will take responsibility for assessing its relevance and accuracy. Women are encouraged to discuss their health needs with a health practitioner. If you have concerns about your health, you should seek advice from your health care provider or if you require urgent care you should go to the nearest Emergency Department.