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4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2012  
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Contents >> Experience of partner violence >> Experience of partner violence and physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15


EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE AND PHYSICAL OR SEXUAL ABUSE BEFORE THE AGE OF 15

In the 2012 PSS information was collected about men's and women's experience of physical or sexual abuse by an adult before the age of 15 years (Refer to Endnote 1 for a definition of abuse before the age of 15).

Graph Image for OF MEN AND WOMEN WHO EXPERIENCED PARTNER VIOLENCE(a), Proportion who experienced abuse before the age of 15(b)

Footnote(s): (a) Includes current and/or previous partner violence. Since the age of 15. (b) Includes physical and/or sexual abuse.

Source(s): Personal Safety, Australia



Men and women who experienced physical or sexual abuse before the age of 15 were more likely to have also experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15 compared to those who had not experienced abuse before the age of 15. Women who experienced abuse before the age of 15 were more likely than men who experienced abuse before the age of 15 to have experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15 (Refer Table 31).

For men:
  • An estimated 147,000 men (14% of the estimated 1,067,700 men who had experienced abuse before the age of 15), had also experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15.
  • An estimated 301,100 men (4.1% of the estimated 7,398,600 men who had not experienced abuse before the age of 15), had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15.

For women:
  • An estimated 540,800 women (32% of the estimated 1,668,400 women who had experienced abuse before the age of 15) had also experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15.
  • An estimated 939,100 women (13% of the estimated 7,067,000 women who had not experienced abuse before the age of 15) had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Further details of the information collected in the 2012 PSS are provided in the Data Item List available in the Downloads Tab. Additional information may be made available by request, on a fee for service basis, through the ABS Information Consultancy, or on the Confidentialised Unit Record File which is expected to be released in March 2014.


END NOTES

Endnote 1
Abuse before the age of 15: Sexual or physical abuse experienced by a person before the age of 15 years from any adult (male or female), including the person's parents. For further details refer to Glossary.


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