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Contents >> Experience of partner violence

EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE

The 2012 PSS collects information about a person's experience of violence, since the age of 15, by a partner. The term 'partner' in the PSS is used to describe a person the respondent currently lives with, or lived with at some point, in a married or de facto relationship. Partner violence does not include violence by a "boyfriend/girlfriend or date" (Refer Endnote 1).

PREVALENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE

Table C (below) provides a summary of men's and women's experience of violence by a current and previous partner since the age of 15 and in the 12 months prior to the survey. The information within this table is from Table 3, Table 4 and Table 5. This table shows information about the different types of violence men and women experienced by a current and/or previous partner since the age of 15. It is possible that people experienced multiple types of violence by a current and by a previous partner. Where a person experienced more than one type of violence or violence by both a current and a previous partner, they are counted separately for each type of violence experienced but are only counted once in the totals. Components therefore may not add to the totals.



Table C: EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15, Type of violence (extract from Tables 3, 4 and 5)

Males experience of partner violence
Females experience of partner violence
'000
% Prevalence
'000
% Prevalence
Whether experienced partner violence since the age of 15
    Partner violence(a)
448.0
5.3
1,479.9
16.9
        Physical Violence(b)
425.9
5.0
1,362.0
15.6
        Sexual Violence(c)
*32.9
*0.4
426.2
4.9
      Current Partner violence
119.6
1.4
237.1
2.7
        Physical Violence(b)
115.2
1.4
226.8
2.6
        Sexual Violence(c)
**5.8
**0.1
44.9
0.5
      Previous Partner violence
336.3
4.0
1,267.2
14.5
        Physical Violence(b)
318.5
3.8
1,158.7
13.3
        Sexual Violence(c)
*27.0
*0.3
382.0
4.4
Whether experienced partner violence during the last 12 months
    Partner violence
51.8
0.6
132.5
1.5
      Current Partner violence
*33.1
*0.4
66.2
0.8
      Previous Partner violence
*18.7
*0.2
66.3
0.8
Total persons
8,466.2
100%
8,735.4
100%

(a) Components for current partner and previous partner are not able to be added together to produce a total. Where a person has experienced violence by both a current partner and a previous partner they are counted separately for each partner type, but are counted only once in the aggregated total.
(b) Includes physical assault and physical threat
(c) Includes sexual assault and sexual threat.


Experience of partner violence - since the age of 15


Women were more likely than men to experience violence by a partner. In 2012, an estimated 17% of all women aged 18 years and over (1,479,900 women) and 5.3% of all men aged 18 years and over (448,000 men) had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15.
    Graph Image for PROPORTION OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCED VIOLENCE(a) BY A PARTNER SINCE THE AGE OF 15(b)

    Footnote(s): (a) Includes physical violence and/or sexual violence. (b)The term 'partner' in the PSS is used to describe a person the respondent lives with, or lived with at some point, in a married or de facto relationship.

    Source(s): Personal Safety, Australia



    Experience of partner violence during the last 12 months

    Women were more likely than men to have experienced violence by a partner in the 12 months prior to the survey. In the 12 months prior to the survey an estimated 132,500 women (1.5% of all women aged 18 years and over) had experienced violence by a partner compared to 51,800 men (0.6% of all men aged 18 years and over).


    END NOTES

    Endnote 1
    The term 'partner' in the PSS is used to describe the person the respondent lives with, or lived with at some point, in a married or de facto relationship. For the purposes of the PSS current and previous partner have been defined as follows:

    Current partner: The person the respondent currently lives with in a married or de facto relationship.

    Previous partner: A person the respondent lived with at some point in a married or de facto relationship from who the respondent is now separated. This includes a partner the respondent was living with at the time of experiencing violence; or a partner the respondent was no longer living with at the time of experiencing violence.

    Partner violence
    Refers to any incident of sexual assault, sexual threat, physical assault or physical threat by a current and/or previous partner. Partner violence does not include violence by a "boyfriend/girlfriend or date". For the PSS a boyfriend/girlfriend or date refers to a person the respondent dated, or was intimately involved with but did not live with.

    For further definitions refer to the Explanatory Notes and Glossary.


    This section contains the following subsection :
          Changes in prevalence of partner violence over time
          Frequency of violence
          Actions taken in response to partner violence
          Consequences of partner violence
          Experience of partner violence and physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15

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