The physical and/or sexual abuse of a female child significantly increases the likelihood of victimisation in adulthood according to Australian research.
- Females who have experienced abuse as children are one and a half times more likely to experience violence in adulthood.
- The risk of sexual violence in adulthood doubles for women who were abused as a child.
- The levels of violence experienced by females over their lifetime is higher for those who were abused as children.
If you have been the victim of abuse in Victoria contact Victims of Crime Counselling and Compensation Services on Freecall 1800 000 055 for assistance and advice.