4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2016  
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EXPERIENCE OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE BY A PARTNER – CURRENT STATE OR TERRITORY OF USUAL RESIDENCE

The Personal Safety Survey (PSS) collects information about a person’s state or territory of usual residence, although this is not necessarily the state or territory in which the emotional abuse took place. The reference period presented for all state and territory estimates is experiences of emotional abuse by a current and/or previous partner in the 12 months prior to interview.

The PSS was not designed to produce data at the state and territory level for men, however, some data was able to be produced for the larger population states (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia). Care should still be used when interpreting this data. Endnote 1 For more information on Sample Design, refer to the Methodology page in the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).

A ‘current partner’ is a person who, at the time of the survey, was living with the respondent in a marriage or de facto relationship.

A ‘previous partner’ is a person who lived with the respondent at some point in a marriage or de facto relationship, but who was no longer living with the respondent at the time of the survey.


EXPERIENCE OF EMOTIONAL ABUSE BY A PARTNER IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS

In 2016, across all states and territories, the proportion of women who had experienced current and/or previous partner emotional abuse in the last 12 months was similar to the national prevalence rate for women (4.8%). Refer to Table 1 of the State and Territory Tables.

Similarly, in states where data is available, the proportion of males who had experienced emotional abuse by a current and/or previous partner in the last 12 months was also similar to the national prevalence rate for men (4.2%).


PREVALENCE OF PARTNER EMOTIONAL ABUSE SINCE 2012 Endnote 2

Between 2012 and 2016, the proportion of women experiencing emotional abuse by a current and/or previous partner in the last 12 months remained stable for the majority of states and territories, except for Western Australia which increased from 3.3% in 2012 to 5.3% in 2016. Refer to Table 2 of the State and Territory Tables.

For the same period, in states where data is available, the proportion of men experiencing emotional abuse by a current and/or previous partner in the last 12 months remained stable in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia. However, there was an increase in the proportion of men who experienced emotional abuse by a current and/or previous partner in New South Wales (2.4% in 2012 to 3.9% in 2016).


PREVALENCE OF WOMEN’S EXPERIENCE OF CURRENT PARTNER EMOTIONAL ABUSE SINCE 2012

Between 2012 and 2016, there was an increase in women experiencing current partner emotional abuse in South Australia (from 2.1% to 3.5%) and Western Australia (from 1.7% to 3.6%). Refer to Table 2 of the State and Territory Tables.

Graph Image for WOMEN AGED 18 YEARS AND OVER, Experienced current partner emotional abuse(a) States and territories, 2012 and 2016(b)

Footnote(s): (a) In the 12 months prior to the survey. (b) In order to accurately capture the emerging trends in experiences of partner emotional abuse, new partner emotional abuse behaviours have been specifically included in the 2016 PSS. Although these behaviours may have previously been collected as part of other categories, this should be considered when comparing partner emotional abuse prevalence rates between the 2012 and 2016 iterations of the survey. Refer to the Partner Emotional Abuse chapter of the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).

Source(s): Personal Safety Survey, 2016




ENDNOTES

Endnote 1

While data for men has been produced for some of the larger population states (New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia), the reliability of this data may vary, and users should remain aware of RSEs and/or MoEs when interpreting this data.

Endnote 2

In order to accurately capture emerging trends in experiences of emotional abuse (such as the use of information and communication technology), new emotional abuse behaviours have been specifically included in the 2016 PSS. Although these behaviours have been previously collected as part of other categories, this should be considered when comparing emotional abuse prevalence rates between 2012 and 2016 iterations of the survey.