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4102.0 - Australian Social Trends, 2014  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 27/06/2014   
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MEDIA RELEASE
27 June 2014
Embargo: 11.30 am (Canberra Time)
81/2014

One in four women has experienced emotional abuse by a partner

More than 2 million women and 1.2 million men have experienced emotional abuse by a partner, according to the latest Australian Social Trends (AST) article released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) today.

"This is equal to one in four Australian women and one in seven men experiencing abuse such as a partner constantly insulting them to make them feel ashamed, belittled or humiliated, or trying to control where they went or who they saw," said Mr David Skutenko, ABS Director of Social and Progress Reporting.

"We found that many of these people had also experienced physical or sexual violence by their partners. A third of women and nearly a fifth of men who experienced emotional abuse by their current partner had also experienced physical or sexual violence by them.

"Nearly two thirds of women who had experienced emotional abuse by their current partner had felt fear or anxiety as a result, compared with less than half of men.

"Over a third of women and a quarter of men who had experienced emotional abuse by their current partner had also experienced physical or sexual abuse as a child," said Mr Skutenko.

AST articles are freely available online at www.abs.gov.au/socialtrends


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