Women--Violence against


15 Dec 2017

On 11 September 2017, the Senate referred the following matter to the Senate Finance and Public Administration References Committee (committee) for inquiry and report by 14 November 2017:

The delivery of National Outcome 4 of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and...


29 Nov 2017

The Project Team involved in preparing this sought to understand the great strengths of College life: the sense of community; the academic excellence that inspires students; the pastoral care; the extracurricular activities; the building of deep and lasting friendships; and the networking opportunities and...


27 Nov 2017

Numerous Australian reviews – including Victoria’s Royal Commission into Family Violence and Queensland’s Not Now, Not Ever Report – have documented the failure of the criminal law to provide justice for victims of intimate partner violence. A common question emerging from these reviews has been:...


23 Nov 2017

Kantar Public conducted an online survey with a sample of 1,204 Australians aged 16 and over, including representation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, culturally and linguistically diverse communities, people with disabilities, LGBTIQ and in metro and regional areas.

The survey...


10 Nov 2017

Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data released this week as part of the Personal Safety Study (PSS) reveals 16% of Australian women have experienced partner violence.

The 2016 PSS was conducted across Australia and surveyed around 21,000 people about their experience of violence. The...


1 Nov 2017

Over the last century we have made significant progress for women: increased participation in education and work; increased prominence of women in leadership roles in many spheres of life; adopting international and domestic laws to eliminate discrimination on the basis of sex. We have seen...

Research report

31 Oct 2017

Throughout the 1980s, every Australian state or territory moved to enact legislation with the purpose of protecting women from intimate partner violence through the provision of a civil court order, or Domestic Violence Protection Order (DVPOs).

Enforcement of DVPOs, including across state and territory...

Research report

12 Oct 2017

The findings in this report detail specific issues pertaining to risk in the context of family violence and temporary migration, the ways in which migration status can be leveraged in the family violence context and the range of exploitative practices that occur, including the identification...

Journal article

11 Sep 2017

Reducing lethal violence against women requires comprehensive measures addressing individual, social, economic, cultural, and situational factors. Regarding situational factors, access to weapons—and firearm access in particular—has received notable research attention. However, most study comes from the United States of America, and findings may not apply...


30 Jun 2017

Violence against women and its prevention are legitimate topics of public interest and research shows that media reporting on the issue in Australia is extensive. This research identified that while some aspects of reporting on violence against women in Australia are changing for the better,...


13 Jun 2017

Domestic violence is not specific to a particular religious group; Australian statistics indicate that one in six women experience physical or sexual violence from a current or former partner in their lifetime.

Despite this, several recent media reports have sensationalised domestic violence within the...

Briefing paper

5 Jun 2017

This Issues Paper considers the law on consensual assault in Tasmania. It traces the historical development of the law from its common law roots through to its current manifestation in s182(4) of of the Criminal Code.

The Issues Paper contends that some aspects of...


30 May 2017

Violence against women and their children in Australia is preventable. Together we can choose a future where all women and their children live free from violence, where women are not only safe, but respected, valued and treated as equals in public and private life....

Research report

23 May 2017

Survivors of sexual violence can experience a range of trauma-related mental health problems, and pre-existing mental illness can also increase women’s vulnerability to sexual violence. However, although mental health and sexual violence services often see the same women, there is often a lack of communication...

Discussion paper

20 May 2017

The Australian Government has released a discussion paper for consultation on the prohibition of the non-consensual sharing of intimate images.

The term ‘non-consensual sharing of intimate images’ refers to the sharing or distribution of an image or video of a person or persons portrayed...


1 May 2017

This strategy is an integral element of the government’s broader family violence system reform.

It fulfils Recommendation 187 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence and is a key part of the 10-year plan Ending family violence: Victoria’s plan for change.

Family violence...

Fact sheet

19 Apr 2017

This factsheet examines cases of hospitalised assault against women in 2013–14. Rates of assault among women were highest for those aged between 15–19 and 50–54. Over half (59%) of all these women were assaulted by bodily force, and for assaults by bodily force and involving...



30 Mar 2017

The Royal Commission into Family Violence made 227 recommendations to transform Victoria’s family violence system. These were based on evidence gathered from 1,000 written submissions, 44 group sessions and 25 days of public hearings with 220 witnesses.

On the same day as the commission...

Research report

29 Mar 2017

Despite the increasingly high profile of domestic and family violence (DFV) in Australian society, surprisingly little is known in the public domain about the ways women’s specialist services provide help to the victims/survivors. When it comes to Aboriginal women, high rates of violence have been...

Research report

21 Dec 2016

The Australian Women Against Violence Alliance (AWAVA) and Our Watch, supported by the Women’s Service Network (WESNET), held a three day conference on violence against women at the Adelaide Convention Centre, in September 2016. The conference aimed to:

• Explore the challenges for responding...