Women’s Health Data: Violence against women

Violence against women is experienced by a significant number of women in Australia. Intimate partner violence is the most common type of violence against women. The impact of violence against women is widespread and long-standing, generating profound personal, social and economic costs for individuals, communities and the nation. Specific groups such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women and women with disabilities experience a range of additional factors that contribute to their greater risk of violence. Finding support and accessing appropriate services may also be difficult for some groups of women.


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Key statistics


Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women


Women from culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) backgrounds


Women with disabilities


Same-sex attracted women


Young women


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Published: February 2014


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