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Key Statistics

Statistics provide a representation of the widespread impact of family violence on the Victorian community. For a comprehensive list of statistics see the EVAs’ Guide to Reporting on Violence Against Women.

Key statistics show that:

Family violence is prevalent in the Victorian community.

  • A woman is killed in Australia almost every week by a partner or ex-partner. (AIC, 2007/2008)
  • More than one in three Australian women (34%) who have had an intimate partner, have experienced violence from a partner or ex-partner. (Mouzos&Makkai, 2004)
  • In a report released by the Sentencing Advisory Council (2013) shows an increase of 72.8% in reports of family violence incidents to Victoria Police between 2004 and 2012. 
  • In Victoria, the number of family incident reports submitted by police rose from 50,382 to 60,829 in 2012/13  (Victoria Police 2012/13).

Family violence has a significant impact on the health of the Victorian community.

  • Intimate partner violence is responsible for more ill-health and premature death in Victorian women under the age of 45 than of any other well-known risk factors, including high blood pressure, obesity and smoking. 59% of the health impact experience by women is anxiety and depression. (The Health Costs of Violence) 

Family violence is expensive.

  • Violence against women and their children cost the Australian economy $14.7 billion in 2013. (The Cost of Violence Against Women, KPMG, 2013) 
  • Violence against women and children cost the Victorian economy $3.4 billion IN 2009. (National Council to reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, 2009) 

To prevent family violence, we need to change attitudes.

  • At an individual level, the most consistent predictor of the use of violence among men is their agreement with sexist, patriarchal, and/or sexually hostile attitudes. (VicHealth, 2010a)
  • More than half of people believe that a woman could leave a violent relationship if she really wanted to. (VicHealth, 2010d)

DV Vic aims to reduce the severity of these statistics by building healthier and safer communities where women and children can live free from violence.