The cost of domestic violence in our community

The National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and Their Children gives some statistics about the costs to our community due to domestic violence:

  • One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15, and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • In 2005, over 350,000 women experienced physical violence and over 125,000 women experienced sexual violence.
  • Indigenous women and girls are 35 times more likely to be hospitalised due to family violence related assaults than other Australian women and girls.
  • Domestic violence and sexual assault perpetrated against women costs the nation $13.6 billion each year. By 2021, the figure is likely to rise to $15.6 billion if extra steps are not taken.


No form of violence in our community is acceptable. While a small proportion of men are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, the majority of people who experience this kind of violence are women in a home, at the hands of men they know. Men are more likely to be the victims of violence from strangers and in public, so different strategies are required to address these different types of violence.

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16 Days of Activism 2012: During the '16 Days of Activism' campaign in December 2012, BDVS held a community event to encourage people to stand up against domestic and family violence.