Fact Check ~ Family and Domestic Violence in Australia

Written by Jasmin

As Australian media is still pumping out false narratives on the issue of family and domestic violence, it is time once again to set the record straight. It’s been 18 months since I first published The Ugly Truth of Female Violence which was the first foray into exposing the myths and lies being pushed by mainstream media. Following from that was Smoke, Mirrors and Violence Against Women, which exposes the myths and lies which are being fed to the media by the domestic violence industry.

There has now been more data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics and so this article is intended to be a referenced guide on the real figures on domestic violence in Australia.

While we know that media and domestic violence lobby groups have a way of communicating terms which state “overwhelming” and “vast majority” in order to emphasise the problem they are funded to solve, the raw data is the best source from which to gain the real facts.

Domestic Homicide

I’m going to start with the data on homicide because that is the most commonly misused through media and domestic violence organisations to catastrophise the conversations. The image below shows that in all of Australia there were 158 victims of family and domestic violence homicide in Australia in 2015 – and the rate remained stable compared to 2014.

Reality Check #1:  158 out of a population of 24million people. While every life is of great value, this is not an epidemic. 

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There is an important distinction to be made here. It is often claimed through media that 2 women a week are killed by their male intimate partner. While the figure shown above for 2015 is 103 (2 per week) that is for all females murdered in family and domestic violence – not necessarily by their male intimate partners. Many of these are children, some are sisters, mothers and adult daughters killed by another female family member.

Reality Check #2: 35% of the domestic homicide victims were males. The DV lobbyists will continue to claim that 1 in 3 is a fabrication, the statistics repeatedly show that 1 in 3 is accurate. In 2015, it appears it has increased. 

 

Domestic Assault

I have previously reported on the 2014 experimental data set of family and domestic violence which showed glaring holes in the gendered narrative, and now we have the data for 2015 which proves the same. Although there is a slight rise in numbers, this is attributed to the rise in reporting from media and police attention raised to domestic violence issue. While it’s sad to see the numbers rise, it’s still considered stable and again – not in epidemic proportions as we are so often told.

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In numbers this relates to:

NSW: 20,388 females and 10,104 males

SA: 5926 females and 1815 males

WA: 13,291 females and 4858 males

NT: 3,351 females and 772 males

ACT: 510 females and 110 males

The most prevalent age group for family and domestic violence was 25-34 years, and while women are the majority comprising of 43,466, men are a significantly represented at 17,659.

This total is 61,125 people. For the sake of argument, lets say that there are 14,000 in total in the other unreported States of QLD and TAS. Rounded off that’s 75,000 people who were victims of family and domestic violence in Australia in 2015.

Reality Check #3: the total FDV in Australia as a percentage is an estimated 0.3% of the population. This is NOT an epidemic 

 

Recently, the NSW Government announced $13million over 4 years to be dedicated to male victims across the State. It’s about time!! And for those of us who have worked to raise awareness of this issue, I believe we can all take a small bow. However much more work needs to be done to bring the rest of the States to fall into line.

For those of us that care deeply about the issues of men and boys the following is a reality which can’t be ignored. Where children are involved, boys are the primary victim. 

The ABS reports that boys between 0-9 are the majority of victims of FDV : “Despite a higher representation of female victims of FDV–related Assault across most age groups in 2015, males accounted for a higher number of victims aged between 0 and 9 years, across all the selected states and territories, with the exception of Tasmania. (Table 3)”

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Sexual Abuse

Also included in Family and Domestic Violence is Sexual Abuse. While most commonly this does occur to women, the prevalence of sexual abuse against men and boys is frequently dismissed and written off as insignificant. The ABS reports that there were 6921 female and 1,184 male victims in 2015.

 

Indigenous Domestic Violence

I wanted to report on the rate of Indigenous domestic violence compared to that of non indigenous. Sadly (but not surprising), I could not find any comparisons for both men and women. ANROW reports that indigenous women are 2-5 times more likely to be victims of domestic violence than non indigenous women. I could not find the relevant data for male victims.

 

Note *Tasmania was not given in numbers, only % so is not recorded in the totals of these states in the graph supplied

Source:  Australian Bureau of Statistics: Family & Domestic Violence, 2015 

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Jasmin

Jasmin is a specialist men’s coach who supports men in all aspects of relationships, but specifically those who are going through high conflict separation and divorce. She is also a dedicate advocate for services for men and their children who have been victims of domestic violence and abuse.

Jasmin helps men who are struggling and feeling lost and alone, to move to a place of acceptance and confidence so they can move ahead and live a life consistent with their values and beliefs. She believes strongly in the power of overcoming past hurts through empathy and compassion.

She is a mother of two, author, presenter and coach. She lives in the idyllic coastal town of Merimbula, NSW, Australia.

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