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4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2012  
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Contents >> Experience of partner violence >> Consequences of partner violence


CONSEQUENCES OF PARTNER VIOLENCE

Whether violence seen or heard by children

Information was collected about whether persons who had experienced violence by a partner had children in their care when the violence happened, and if so, whether the children had seen or heard the violence.

Women who experienced violence by a previous partner were more likely than men to have had children in their care when the violence occurred (there was no statistically significant difference between men and women for current partner violence). For women who did have children in their care when the violence occurred by a current or previous partner, it was more likely that the violence was seen or heard by the children compared to not being seen or heard by the children (Refer Table 28).

Current Partner

  • An estimated 53,100 men (44% of the 119,600 men who had experience current partner violence) had children in their care when the violence occurred.
  • Of the estimated 128,500 women (54% of the 237,100 women who had experienced current partner violence) who had children in their care when the violence occurred, 74,300 (31% of women who experienced current partner violence) stated that children had seen or heard the violence.
Previous Partner
  • Of the estimated 143,900 men (49% of the 293,400 men who had experienced violence while living with their most recently violent previous partner) who had children in their care when violence occurred, 99,400 (34% of the 293,400 men who had experienced violence while living with their most recently violent previous partner) stated that children had seen or heard the violence.
  • Of the estimated 733,900 women (61% of the 1,196,000 women who had experienced violence while living with their most recently violent previous partner) who had children in their care when the violence occurred, 568,700 (48% of the 1,196,000 women who experienced violence while living with their most recently violent previous partner) stated that children had seen or heard the violence.

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