According to statistics, one in three Australian women experiences physical or sexual violence in her lifetime. One study found domestic or family violence was the leading contributor to death, disability and illness in Victorian women aged 15 to 44.
Domestic violence has a significant impact on the health and wellbeing of women and the psychological consequences are as serious as the physical effects. Exposure to violence leads to poorer overall physical health and increases the risk of developing a range of health problems.
One in four children are exposed to domestic violence which is the principle cause of homelessness for women and their children.
In economic terms, it has been estimated that domestic violence costs the Australian economy $13.6 billion.
It’s important to understand how these issues impact us all. Organisations such as White Ribbon Australia provide education and support for people experiencing domestic violence as well as resources to help our communities “stand up, speak out and act to stop domestic violence and abuse”.
TUH is proud to partner with White Ribbon Australia in the fight against domestic violence.
If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, you can find help here.
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Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse. (2011). The Impact of Domestic Violence on Children: A Literature Review.
Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). Specialist homelessness services: 2013–2014, cat. no. HOU 276.
Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA)
World Health Organization 2000, Women and Mental Health: An Evidence Based Review, World Health Organisation, Geneva