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The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on experiences of intimate partner violence among Australian women

Project length
13 months

This study explores the experiences of self-reported intimate partner violence (IPV) among Australian women in the 12 months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Building on and contributing to the existing evidence base, the research team – Hayley Boxall and Anthony Morgan at the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) – surveyed 10,000 women in Australia, aged 18 years and over, between February and April 2021.

Women were asked about their experiences of IPV in the last 12 months, as well as their experiences of previous IPV.

The first report, along with a resource capturing key insights, has recently been published and presents findings of Stage 1 of the national study. Stage 2 of the study will focus on the economic insecurity of women experiencing IPV during the pandemic and will be released in late 2021.

The study aimed to answer two primary research questions:

  • What is the role of dynamic risk factors that are influenced or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic in Australian women’s experiences of IPV?
  • Does the impact of these factors differ across IPV experiences and observed patterns of violence and abuse (e.g. onset and escalation)?

This study will provide guidance for policymakers and practitioners on the direct and mediated impacts of risk factors associated with the pandemic on women’s experiences of IPV. Critically, many of these factors are dynamic, and identifying their operation and impact provides valuable opportunity for governments and the IPV sector to identify opportunities for intervention to mitigate risk factors associated with IPV.

The findings of this study are important for planning and delivering services in future phases of the pandemic, and beyond, and for informing responses to other pandemics and natural disasters that may occur.


Project leads

Hayley Boxall, Australian Institute of Criminology

Anthony Morgan, Australian Institute of Criminology

Research partners

The project will be led by the AIC with consultation from the Departments of Prime Minister and Cabinet, Home Affairs, Social Services and the Attorney-General.



Intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey of women in Australia


Fact sheet

At a glance: Respondents’ experiences of intimate partner violence (IPV) since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic

see also


Intimate partner violence during the COVID-19 pandemic: A survey of women in Australia



$159,648 (excl. GST)

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