4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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IMPACTS OF PARTNER VIOLENCE - CHILDREN WITNESSING OR DURING PREGNANCY

Note: the definition of partner violence for this section is restricted to only those who experienced violence by a partner while they were living together. A partner who was not violent during the relationship, but has been violent since the relationship ended is not included.


WHETHER VIOLENCE SEEN OR HEARD BY CHILDREN

Men and women were equally likely to have children in their care at the time of experiencing partner violence.

Graph Image for PERSONS WHO EXPERIENCED PARTNER VIOLENCE(a), Had children in their care when violence occurred by partner type by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Experienced partner violence since the age of 15. (a) Previous partner living with at the time that the violence occurred.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



Whether children had seen or heard women's experience of partner violenceEndnote 1

Current partner
An estimated 50% of women (60,300) who had children in their care when they experienced violence by a current partner reported that the children had seen or heard the violence.

Previous partner
An estimated 68% of women (418,200) who had children in their care when they experienced violence by a previous partner reported that the children had seen or heard the violence.

Whether children had seen or heard men's experience of partner violence

Previous partner
An estimated 60% of men (92,200) who had children in their care when they experienced violence by a previous partner reported that the children had seen or heard the violence.


WHETHER VIOLENCE OCCURRED DURING PREGNANCY

The 2016 PSS collected information about whether women who experienced violence by a partner were ever pregnant during the relationship, and if so, whether violence occurred during their pregnancy. Refer to Table 19.

Current partner
An estimated 187,800 women who experienced violence by a current partner were pregnant at some point during the relationship. Of these women, nearly one in five (18% or 34,500) experienced violence during their pregnancy.

Previous partner
An estimated 686,400 women who experienced violence by a previous partner were pregnant at some point during the relationship. Of these women, nearly half (48% or 325,900) experienced violence during their pregnancy.

ENDNOTES

Endnote 1

Whether children had seen or heard violence proportions provided in this section are produced from published figures in Tables 17 and 18.