Too many Australian women and children experience violence every day.
Two women are killed every week on average this year
One woman is hospitalised
every 3 hours
Children see and hear the violence too
Domestic or family violence is one of the most common forms of violence against women and their children in Australia, and can take a number of forms, including:
- physical eg slapping, hitting, choking, stabbing
- sexual eg rape, harassment, being forced to watch pornography
- emotional or psychological eg isolating the person from friends, family, culture, threats against children, threats to commit suicide or self-harm
- economic eg withholding money, controlling family finances, taking out loans in a partner’s name without consent
- stalking eg repeated following, watching or harassing.
The cost of violence against women and their children to the Australian economy in 2009 was $13.6 billion. It’s calculated to rise to $15.6 billion by 2012-22 without the right preventive action.
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