Family, domestic and sexual violence are significant issues for women across all ages,
socioeconomic and demographic groups. Indigenous women are particularly at risk.
- Indigenous people are two to five times more likely than non-Indigenous people to
experience violence to experience violence as victims or offenders.
- Indigenous women are five times more likely to be homicide victims than non-
- Indigenous women are 32 times as likely to be hospitalised due to family violence
related issues than non-Indigenous women.
- In Asia and the Pacific, 15% to 68% of women suffer physical or sexual violence in
their lifetimes at the hands of a partner, and worldwide, 1 in 3 women experience
intimate partner violence in their lives.
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Fourth Action Plan 2019-2022, National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010-2022, An Initiative of the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments, Commonwealth of Australia.
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McCalman, Janya, Bridge, Francesca, Whiteside, Mary, Bainbridge, Roxanne, Tsey, Komla and Jongen, Crystal 2014, ‘Responding to Indigenous Australian Sexual Assault: A Systematic Review of the Literature ‘, Sage Open, vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 1-13.
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