Domestic Violence – Housing

One of the major reasons given by victims of domestic violence not to flee their offender  is the lack of emergency housing options. is calling for anyone who has accommodation, such as a spare room, to contact us so we can put them in touch with those victims requiring housing.

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Domestic Violence & Hospitalization

A national review of 2013-14 hospital admissions by the Australian Institute of Health & Welfare found:

  1. Domestic Violence puts 6500 girls and women in hospital every year.
  2. In assaults against women some 25% of culprits were not identified by the victims.
  3. When identified 59% of the perpetrators were a spouse or domestic partner.
  4. 61% of the injuries were to the head.
  5. Parents or other family members accounted for nearly 50% of the remaining cases where the type of perpetrator was specified.


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Domestic Violence & Viewing Sport

Research out of Lancaster University found that domestic abuse increases during England World Cup football matches, especially if the team one is following looses. Domestic abuse rose by 38% in Lancashire when the England team played and lost and increased by 26% when the England national team played and won or drew compared with days when there was no England match. A carry-over effect was also found with incidents of domestic abuse 11% higher the day after an England match. The average number of incidents of domestic violence on the days when England played was 79.3 compared with 58.2 on the days the team did not play. The researchers said there could be several factors behind these findings including games being played in warmer temperatures, increased alcohol consumption and individuals being in closer proximity to others.

Domestic Violence involving Alcohol

According to past research published by the Australian Institute of Criminology 44% of all intimate partner homicides involve alcohol. During 2012-13 in Victoria police were called to 60,829 family violence incidents and laid charges in 25,574 of the cases. In NSW in the 12 months to September police recorded 27,808 domestic assaults. In Victoria in 2012-13 there were 45 homicides in family settings.
While much is said about the consumption of alcohol in public places or while driving a motor vehicle little is said about the effects of the consumption of alcohol in the home resulting in domestic violence.

A study in California conducted by the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health which interviewed more than 1,500 married or cohabitating opposite-sex couples found that men who regularly drank at parties away from their home were more likely to be violent toward their partners. The study found that in general men who drank often were more likely to be violent toward their partners.

Domestic Violence – Death & Injury

In Australia during 2014 one woman died every week from domestic violence and one woman was hospitalised every 3 hours across the country as the result of domestic violence. The official estimation is that about 1.6 million Australian women have experienced domestic violence and it is suggested that less than half the such abuse is reported suggesting this figure could be over 3 million. Fear of social ostracism & economic desolation are reasons often given by women as to why they do not report their abuse. The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research in 2013 revealed that the primary barrier to reporting amongst female victims in refuge was police treatment of the issue. Also of concern is research that shows the children of families that endured domestic violence are more likely to offend as adults.