Dating violence and sexual assault statistics
In 2005, the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Personal Safety Survey estimated that only 36 per cent of female victims of physical assault and 19 per cent of female victims of sexual assault in Australia reported the incident to police.
In a briefing by the Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault, What lies behind the hidden figure of sexual assault, Neame and Heenan discuss issues of prevalence and barriers to disclosure.
For some of the information in this paper, older versions of reports are still referred to even though new editions have been published.
Generally this is because the newer version of the report does not include the same information as published in the older report.
Dating violence can include any person, regardless of gender, who is in an intimate relationship with another person primarily characterized by the expectation of affectionate involvement whether casual, serious, or long-term.
- Nebraska Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence We define domestic violence as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain or maintain power and control over another intimate partner.
In recent years there have been many other studies and surveys on violence against women both in Australia and internationally.
The perpetrator uses sex to inflict physical and emotional violence and humiliation on the victim, or to exert power and control over the victim.