One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15 and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence. A study of Victorian women demonstrated that domestic violence is the leading preventable contributor to death, disability and illness in women aged between 15 and 44, and is responsible for more of the disease burden than many well-known risk factors such as high blood pressure, smoking and obesity. The emotional and personal costs of domestic violence in our community are enormous. Violence affects the victims themselves, children who are exposed6 to violence, extended families, friends, work colleagues and the broader community.
The committee acknowledges these emotional and personal costs as well as the enormous economic cost of domestic violence. A study commissioned by the commonwealth government notes that the yearly cost of domestic violence in Australia in 2008-09 was $13.6 billion and the cost is increasing.
Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee
Senator the Hon Kate Lundy (Chair)
Senator Cory Bernardi (Deputy Chair)
Senator John Faulkner (until 6 February 2015) Senator Claire Moore (from 12 February 2015) Senator Joseph Ludwig
Senator Dean Smith
Senator Janet Rice
Senator Larissa Waters (replaced Senator Janet Rice)
Senator Claire Moore (until 12 February 2015) Senator Penny Wong
Senator Nova Peris
Ms Lyn Beverley (Secretary)
Ms Ann Palmer (Principal Research Officer)
Mr Nicholas Craft (Senior Research Officer)
Ms Margaret Cahill (Research Officer)
Ms Sarah Brasser (Administrative Officer)