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PREVALENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE

Refer to Table 3.

EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15

Women aged 18 years and over were more likely than men to have experienced either physical violence and/or sexual violence, by a partner since the age of 15.
    • An estimated 17% of women (1.6 million) and 6.1% of men (547,600) had experienced violence by a partner since the age of 15.
    • Around one in six women (16% or 1.5 million) experienced physical violence by a partner, compared with one in seventeen men (5.9% or 528,800).
    • Women were eight times more likely to experience sexual violence by a partner than men. Approximately 5.1% of women (480,200) experienced sexual violence by a partner, compared with approximately 0.6% of men (53,000).

Graph Image for PERSONS AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Type of partner violence experienced since the age of 15 by sex

Footnote(s): (a) Includes physical assault and/or physical threat. (b) Includes sexual assault and/or sexual threat. (c) Includes physical violence and/or sexual violence. (d) People may have experienced multiple types of violence. Components therefore may not add to total.

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016



WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15

Women were more likely to have experienced violence by a previous partner than a current partner.
    • An estimated 2.9% of women (275,000) experienced violence by a current partner.
    • Approximately 14.6% of women (1.4 million) experienced violence by a previous partner.

Women were also more likely to have experienced physical violence than sexual violence by either a current or previous partner.
    • An estimated 2.6% of women (245,800) experienced physical violence by a current partner compared to 0.7% (61,000) who experienced sexual violence.
    • Approximately 13.4% of women (1.3 million) experienced physical violence by a previous partner compared to 4.5% (422,300) who experienced sexual violence.

Women's experience of partner violence (a), Since the age of 15
PSS2016 Tree Diagram Female Partner Violence

(a) Definitions of current and previous partner are based on the living arrangements at the time of the survey.
(b) Due to rounding and the effect of perturbation, components may not add to totals. For more details, refer to Endnote1.
(c) People may have experienced violence by both a current and previous partner. Components therefore may not add to the totals.
(d) People may have experienced multiple types of violence. Components therefore may not add to the totals.
(e) Includes physical assault and/or physical threat.
(f) Includes sexual assault and/or sexual threat.



MEN'S EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE SINCE THE AGE OF 15

Men were more likely to have experienced violence by a previous partner than a current partner.
    • An estimated 1.7% of men (150,300) experienced violence by a current partner.
    • Approximately 4.4% of men (397,300) experienced violence by a previous partner.

Men's experience of partner violence (a), Since the age of 15
PSS2016 Tree Diagram Male Partner Violence
(a) Definitions of current and previous partner are based on the living arrangements at the time of the survey.
(b) Due to rounding and the effect of perturbation, components may not add to totals. For more details, refer to Endnote1.
(c) People may have experienced violence by both a current and previous partner. Components therefore may not add to the totals.

ENDNOTES

Endnote 1

To minimise the risk of identifying individuals in aggregate statistics, perturbation has been applied. Perturbation involves a small random adjustment of the statistics and is considered the most satisfactory technique for avoiding the release of identifiable statistics while maximising the range of information that can be released. However as a result, these random adjustments of estimates may result in the sum of components not equalling the total or subtotal. For more details, refer to the Explanatory notes of this publication.