With the revamped Australian citizenship test in the news recently it has highlighted that politicians consider Australian values include not tolerating domestic violence, yet the statistics show otherwise.
Australian Bureau of Statistics data shows one in three women have experienced physical and/or sexual violence perpetrated by someone known to the, one in five women over 18 have been stalked during their lifetime, one in five women have experienced harassment within the workplace and over 12 months, on average, one woman is killed every week by a current or former partner and domestic and family violence is the principal cause of homelessness for women and their children, one in four Australian women has experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner, one in four Australian women has experienced emotional abuse by a current or former partner, women are at least three times more likely than men to experience violence from an intimate partner, women are five times more likely than men to require medical attention or hospitalisation as a result of intimate partner violence, and five times more likely to report fearing for their lives. And most shockingly, Indigenous women and girls are 35 times more likely than the wider female population to be hospitalized due to family violence.
There is also violence against men, although both women and men are more likely to experience violence at the hands of a male perpetrator. Men are more likely to experience violence by other men in public places, while women are more likely to experience violence from men in the home.
There is strong evidence of an association between consuming alcohol and violence, including domestic violence. The Australian drinking culture to drink to get drunk causes a loss of judgement and control which is harmful to everyone.
May is National Domestic and Family Violence Prevention month. The community has sent a clear message that violence will not be tolerated. If you are a victim or perpetrator of domestic violence look for support from Lifeline, DVconnect or MensLine Australia. If you feel you are in immediate danger, call 000 now.