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Research report

Violence against women in Australia: Additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Personal Safety Survey, 2012: Research report

This ANROWS research project provides substantial additional analysis of data collected in the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2012 Personal Safety Survey (PSS).

The PSS is the most comprehensive quantitative study of interpersonal violence in Australia. The survey is administered by the ABS and funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. More than 17,000 women and men completed the 2012 survey.

The PSS is currently a largely untapped resource – even the publicly available PSS data has yet to be fully explored and applied to the most obviously relevant research and policy contexts. The analysis completed in this project provides several hundred new statistical items related to violence against women, Almost all the data is new – not only has this information not be readily available to the public before, but the datatables themeslves have not been generated previously.



Publication details

This work is part of the ANROWS Horizons series. ANROWS Horizons (Research reports) are in-depth reports on empirical research produced under ANROWS’s research program.


Senior Research Officer, ANROWS.

ISBN: 978-1-925372-42-7 (print) 978-1-925372-43-4 (online)

149 pp.


Suggested citation

Cox, P. (2016). Violence against women: Additional analysis of the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Personal Safety Survey, 2012 (ANROWS Horizons: 01.01/2016 Rev. ed.). Sydney: ANROWS.

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