Statistics about sexual assault and domestic and family violence in Australia

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Statistics about sexual assault and domestic and family violence in Australia

  • 17% of women and 4.3% of men in Australia have experienced sexual violence (sexual assault or threats);
  • 25% of women and 6.5% of men with disability have experienced sexual violence.
  • 16% of women have experienced sexual violence from a male they know;
  • Women who experienced sexual violence were most likely to experience it from a previous cohabiting partner (4.5% of women) or a boyfriend/girlfriend or date (4.3% of women).

ACSSA(Sources: ANROWS website, AIHW website, November 2019)

Where to find statistics about sexual assault

NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics & Research

NSW Recorded Crime Statistics (2013)
See section 2 for trends relating to sexual and domestic-violence related assault offences in NSW.
Read BOSCAR Media Release for a summary of key findings.

Review prevalence of major crimes in NSW, including sexual assault and domestic violence, by region using the NSW Crime Tool.

Time for Action

The National Council’s Plan for Australia to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022.

Other reports


External research agencies


Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS)

ANROWS was created in 2013 as part of Australia’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children. It produces and publishes new, innovative and relevant research on domestic, family and sexual violence designed to meet the evidence needs of policy makers and practitioners as well as the broader public.

Telephone: (02) 8374 4000

The Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN)

is an initiative of the University of NSW to succeed the Centre for Gender-Related Violence Studies (CGRVS).

Members of GVRN aim to explore gendered violence - also known as gender-related or gender-based violence - as an expression of power and control over individuals or groups because of their gender.

The Network uses the broad term ‘gendered violence’ to reflect its impact on all population groups, although it is clear that women and children are disproportionately affected.

The Network’s research interests span traumatic experiences including sexual assault, rape, domestic and family violence and related harms, trafficking for domestic and sexual slavery, and girl child infanticide. These abuses can occur in private contexts such as the immediate family and extended family networks, as well as in community settings and intrastate or interstate conflict.

Telephone: (02) 9385 2990
Email: gvrn@unsw.edu.au

Australian Centre for the Study of Sexual Assault (ACSSA)

ACSSA is a central collection point for research, information and resources about sexual assault in Australia. The key role of ACSSA is to facilitate access to the growing evidence-base on sexual assault and to support organisations, agencies and others use research and evidence in shaping policy, practice and research directions in responding to, and reducing, sexual assault.

Telephone: (03) 9214 7888
Email: acssa@aifs.gov.au

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW)

The AIHW provides authoritative information and statistics to promote better health and wellbeing among Australian’s.

Education Centre Against Violence (ECAV)

ECAV, administered by Sydney West Area Health Service, undertakes projects designed to enhance services and resources available to people who have experienced violence.

Telephone: (02) 9840 3737
Email: ecav@wsahs.nsw.gov.au

Our Watch

Our Watch is committed to an evidence-informed and evidence-building approach to prevention of violence against women and their children.

Our Watch works closely with Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) on various research projects and to identify research priorities for primary prevention. It also undertakes its own analytical research, and conducts evaluation of all its work on preventing violence.