In Australia each year:

  • More than 200,000 women aged over fifteen years are assaulted.
  • More than one hundred women are killed.
  • Most assaults and homicides are committed by partners or family members.

Recent research has found that women were more likely to have experienced physical violence if:

  • They reported personal or financial stress.
  • Have poor social networks.
  • Consume too much alcohol.
  • Are not married or are young.

The study found that changes in personal and financial stress and partner status were associated with changes in the risk of experiencing physical violence.

The study concluded that measures that reduce the risk of women experiencing physical violence including:

  • Reduce personal and financial stress.
  • Increase social support.


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