About family violence in Victoria

Family violence causes terrible physical and psychological harm, particularly to women and children.

The Victorian Government announced the Royal Commission into Family Violence in 2015. The Premier of Victoria The Hon. Daniel Andrews MP said it was:

The most urgent law and order emergency occurring in our state and the most unspeakable crime unfolding across our nation.

Family violence in Victoria was estimated to have cost $5.3 billion in 2015-16.

Following the release of the Royal Commission’s report in 2016, the Victorian Government is working towards implementing all 227 of the Commission’s recommendations.

The Victorian Government has invested approximately $2.7 billion to address family violence since 2014.

Family violence statistics

Approximately one quarter of women in Australia have experienced at least one incident of violence by an intimate partner.

  • On average, 1 woman a week in Australia is killed by her intimate partner.
  • Most victims/survivors of intimate partner violence are women.
  • Approximately 1 in 5 Australian women (18% or 1.7 million) has experienced sexual violence.
  • Partner violence often occurs when women are pregnant.
  • Intimate partner violence is the greatest health risk factor (greater than smoking, alcohol and obesity) for women in their reproductive years.
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women experience high rates of violence with significant health impacts. An estimated 3 in 5 indigenous women have experienced physical or sexual violence by an intimate partner since age 15.
  • Over one-third of women with disabilities experience some form of intimate partner violence.
  • Children often see or hear violence between their parents. Family violence is a factor in many child protection cases.
  • Many women do not seek help about their experience of violence. Of women who have experienced violence by a current partner:
    • Just over half (54% or 149,700) had sought advice or support about the violence they experienced.
    • 82% (225,700) had never contacted the police.