Facts and Statistics
An Australian perspective
The facts and statistics around Domestic and Family Violence in Australia can vary widely according to the definition of domestic and family violence, and statistics around the physical, emotional and financial impacts are sometimes equally hard to separate.
The following fact is however indisputable
“Between 80 and 100 Australian women die at the hands of their male partners every year – and a woman in Australia is more likely to be killed in her own home by her male partner than anywhere else or by anyone else.” (*The ABS Personal Safety Survey 2006)
The last Australian Bureau of Statistics Personal Safety Survey in 2006, defined violence as any incident involving the occurrence, attempt or threat of either physical or sexual assault, and identified a range of disturbing and alarming statistics…. for the full report on Domestic Violence in Australia from the ABS website click here
A Queensland perspective
A recent report issued by the Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit, Office of the State Coroner of Queensland states that:-
During the period 2006 –2012 there was an average of 23 deaths a year in Queensland linked to domestic and family violence – and that this figure equalled 44% of the state’s homicides for that period
DVConnect – our statistics…
- Each year DVConnect receives over 55,000 incoming calls relating to domestic violence, family violence and sexual assault.
- DVConnect Womensline takes over 4000 calls every month from women who are in fear of, or in immediate threat of danger from Domestic or Family Violence.
- On average we assist over 350 women and often more than 400 children to be moved to safety every month.
- In addition we also assist between 12 and 20 pets to safety each month.
Many callers to Womensline are looking for information, crisis counselling or support for themselves or on behalf of a client, friend or family member. They may be calling for themselves and are living with violence but are not in a position to leave at the time of the call and may call a number of times before making the decision.
Regional / Cultural breakdown…
- Womensline calls are received mostly from the south east corner of the State and particularly from Brisbane.
- Around 9% of callers are from the Far North, most of these are from the Torres Strait Islands and tip of the mainland (where the only transport to safety is by air)
- Of the women from the various cultural groups who call us:
- 83% are Anglo Australian
- 10% are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander – although this group make up 26% of those needing immediate assistance to leave the violence at home
- 7% are from a Non English Speaking Background (NESB) and this group make up 11% of those requiring crisis interventions. Up to 40% of these women who need crisis intervention will also need an interpreter.
Languages most requiring the Telephone Interpretation Service last year were:
Amharic, Arabic, Burmese, Cambodian, Cantonese, Croatian, Dari, Dinka, Farsi, Filipino, French, Gujarati, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Khmer, Kirundi, Korean, Lao, Mandarin, Persian, Punjabi, Portuguese, Russian, Samoan, Spanish, Sri Lankan, Swahili, Tagalog, Tamil and Vietnamese.
The Qld Domestic Violence Research Centre undertakes research and develops educational resources; their primary purpose is to create and disseminate knowledge to influence, and enhance, policy, programs and practice in the field of domestic and family violence prevention across Queensland.
They do this through research, professional development, education and community engagement activities pertaining to domestic and family violence and are the primary source of Queensland related statistics and educational resources.
DVConnect does not collect or collate information or data for publication, however our statically data is shared with authorised government agencies for the purposes of collating statistics on a state and national basis.