4524.0 - In Focus: Crime and Justice Statistics, Partner Violence - January 2020  
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  • Sociodemographic variables that were associated with higher rates of partner violence for women include single parenthood, financial stress, unemployment, disability or a long-term health condition, poor or fair self-reported health status, and low levels of life satisfaction.
  • Compared with women who were physically assaulted by another known male (other than a partner), women who were physically assaulted by a male partner were more likely to have experienced multiple and higher severity assault behaviours; been physically injured as a result of the incident; and sought advice or support from a general practitioner following the incident.
  • Women who wanted but were unable to leave their violent current partner were over twice as likely to experience anxiety or fear due to the violence as women who did not want to leave their violent current partner.


This article presents additional analysis of partner violence data collected in the Australian Bureau of Statistics' (ABS) 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS), and addresses policy questions highlighted in the ABS publication Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence (ABS cat. no. 4529.0).

The article is divided into four sections:
  • Sociodemographic characteristics of women who have experienced partner violence;
  • Characteristics of the most recent incident of physical assault by a male;
  • Separations from a violent partner; and
  • Characteristics of partner violence.

The statistics presented throughout the article are available as data tables in Excel spreadsheet format and can be accessed from the Downloads tab. The data tables contain number and proportion estimates, and their corresponding relative standard errors.

While the PSS collects the same information from both men and women, detailed partner violence data for men is not sufficiently statistically reliable for the analytical purposes of this article. When cross-tabulating data about men’s experiences of partner violence with other variables of interest, the data quality diminishes as a result of the comparatively fewer number of men that have experienced partner violence. For more information about data quality refer to the Personal Safety Survey Technical Note (ABS cat. no. 4906.0). Data about men’s experiences of partner violence are available in Personal Safety, Australia, 2016 (ABS cat. no. 4906.0).