Dating violence and statistics
When reading the following quantitative statistics it should be remembered that family violence is extremely complex and doesn't just boil down to ‘who does what to whom and how badly’.There was no statistically significant difference between fathers and mothers in the frequency of reporting having often felt fearful after experiencing physical violence or emotional abuse since separation, and fathers were statistically significantly more likely than mothers to report having often felt controlled or coerced after experiencing physical violence or emotional abuse since separation.There were extraordinarily high numbers of males (8,708) compared to females (1,580) where no perpetrator type was recorded.It is likely that more data is captured for female injury victims because of the compulsory domestic violence screening programs in place for women only in hospitals across Australia.
, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Melbourne.
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These SBS News, in collaboration with the Australian Institute of Criminology, published an overview of all victims of domestic or family homicide over the 23 year period 1989/90 to 2011/12.
They found that 408 male partners (24.8%) and 1237 female partners (75.2%) had been killed during this period.