The Australian Bureau of Statistics 2006 Personal Safety Survey states:

  • In any year nearly half a million Australian women experience physical or sexual assault by a current or former partner (6% of the female population)
  • Less than one third of all physical and sexual violence is reported to police

Other research information states:

  • Physical violence often begins and escalates during pregnancy
  • Service provider estimates indicate similar occurrence of domestic violence in gay and lesbian relationships
  • 1 in 3 women currently experiencing violence in partner relationships is over 45yrs and 1 in 6 over 55yrs
  • People with an intellectual disability are three times more likely to be physically assaulted and ten times more likely to be sexually assaulted than non-disabled people

Intimate Partner Homicide:

  • During 2005-6 a total of 74 intimate partner homicides occurred in Australia
  • 80% male offender killing his female partner
  • 65% were associated with some form of recorded domestic violence
  • 35 children under the age of 15 were killed in 2005-2006
    • 11 under 12 months old (one premature birth)
    • 2 indigenous
    • 3 in murder suicide
    • 13 killed by mother, 19 by father/stepfather, 2 by other male family member (step brother, uncle)

Police Domestic Violence Incidents:

  • NSW 2007 Total 132,192

Hunter Region 2007:

Local Area Command Number of Incidents
Central Hunter 2,720
Hunter Valley 1,004
Lake Macquarie 3,157
Manning/Great Lakes 1,976
Newcastle City 3,532
Port Stephens 1,676
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