Impact of Family Violence and Abuse

15 October 2019

By Sherlene Heng

Our Andrew Davies attended the Parkerville Children and Youth Care (Inc) charity lunch on 11 October 2019 and was dismayed by the below infographic provided in relation to child abuse.

In 2019, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported:

  • One woman killed every 9 days and 1 man every 29 days by a partner;
  • 25,000 sexual assaults in 2017.

The ABS 2016 Personal Safety Survey estimates 2.2 million Australians have experienced physical and/or sexual violence from a partner, and 3.6 million Australians have experienced emotional abuse from a partner.

These statistics are confronting.

The Family Law Act now defines family violence to mean

‘Violent, threatening, or other behaviour by a person that coerces or controls a member of the person’s family (the family member), or causes the family member to be fearful’.

Family violence affects everyone in the family.

We’re Here to Help

Family law matters can be difficult and complex. If you require any assistance with a family law dispute, always contact a legal practitioner who will be able to help.

O’Sullivan Davies supports increased awareness of the problem. As part of our short series on understanding family violence and best practice with clients who have been affected by family violence, we will be hosting Dr Debbie Smith for a seminar on 22 October 2019 on non-fatal strangulation and intimate partner violence. More information about our services can be found at our About Us page here.


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