While there's no reports to suggest that the trend has started in Australia, the reality for victims of domestic violence remains the same.
On average, 1 woman a week is murdered by her current or former partner in Australia, according to the National Homicide Monitoring Program report. Almost 10 women a day are hospitalised for assault injuries perpetrated by a spouse or domestic partner, per the AIHW, and in 2019 alone 3600 women hospitalised for assault injuries identified a spouse or domestic partner as the perpetrator.
And while many of us have been adapting to life at home, that reality can present a serious challenge for those living with an abusive partner or family member.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows that stress, unemployment, a disability or health condition, poor or fair health, and low levels of life satisfaction are all significant factors for increased partner violence, almost all of which have hit Australians in a perfect storm since the global health crisis began.
Where To Reach Out For Help:
The National Sexual Assault, Family & Domestic Violence Counselling Line – 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732) – is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week for any Australian who’s experienced, or is at risk of domestic violence and/or sexual assault.
- Women’s & Girls’ Emergency Centre (WAGEC)
- Women's Community Shelters
- safe steps Family Violence Response Centre
- Women's Safety Services SA
- Darwin Aboriginal & Islander Women's Shelter (DAIWS)
Below, 24/7 services available statewide:
Domestic Violence and Aboriginal Family Violence Gateway Services (1800 800 098)
Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline (1800 007 339)
Safe at Home Family Violence Response and Referral Line (1800 633 937)
DVConnect Womensline (1800 811 811)
Catherine Booth House (8981 5928)
New South Wales:
NSW Domestic Violence Line (1800 656 463 / TTY 1800 671 442)
Domestic Violence Crisis Service (02 6280 0900)
Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre (1800 015 188)