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Violence against women and their children affects everybody. It impacts on the health, wellbeing and safety of a significant proportion of Australians throughout all states and territories and places an enormous burden on the nation’s economy across family and community services, health and hospitals, income-support and criminal justice systems.

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Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: Final report

Exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) has serious health outcomes for Australian women and their children, and its prevention is a recognised national priority.

Burden of disease studies measure the combined impact of living with illness and injury (non-fatal burden) and dying prematurely (fatal burden) on a population. This report estimated the amount of burden that could have been avoided if no adult women in Australia in 2011 had been exposed to IPV during their lifetime. This “attributable burden” is reported in terms of total, non-fatal and fatal burden.

This report extends results from the Australian Burden of Disease Study 2011 (ABDS 2011) to produce detailed estimates of the health burden due to exposure to IPV that are specific to Australian women in 2011. Of note, this report also includes estimates of attributable burden using a broader definition of IPV than used in the ABDS 2011, one that includes non-cohabiting partners as well as partner emotional abuse.

 

 

Publication details

This commissioned work is part of the ANROWS Horizons series. A Compass (research to policy and practice) paper is also available as part of this project. Papers will draw on empirical research, including research produced under ANROWS’s research program, and/or practice knowledge.


Authors

MS JULIE AYRE
Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW

MS MIRIAM LUM ON
Project Manager, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW

MS KIM WEBSTER
Independent consultant

MS MICHELLE GOURLEY
Unit Head, Australian Burden of Disease Unit, AIHW

DR LYNELLE MOON
National Lead Analyst, Australian Burden of Disease Study, AIHW


ISBN: 978-1-925372-46-5 (print) 978-1-925372-47-2 (online)

62 pp.

 

Suggested citation

Ayre, J., Lum On, M., Webster, K., Gourley, M., & Moon, L. (2016). Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: Final report (ANROWS Horizons, 06/2016). Sydney: ANROWS.

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