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.
The Compass (research to policy and practice paper) for this project is available below. A Horizons report (in-depth research report) is also available as part of this project. Data tables by the ABS and ANROWS used in this report are also available here.
Download Compass Issue Two (PSS).pdf (2.18 MB)
Infographics available for download:
- 1 in 4 women have experienced violence by an intimate partner, they may or may not have been living with
- 1 in 4 women took time off work
- 1.7 million women had experienced sexual violence
- 67.3% women who experienced sexual violence also experienced physical violence
- 87,800 women sexually assaulted in Australia
- Both women and men 3x more likely to be physically assaulted by a man
- Over half a million women said their children had seen or heard partner violence
- Women with a disability more likely to experience multiple incidents of violence by a man
- 2 million women experienced emotional abuse by a cohabiting partner
- The most common place for most violence to occur: her home, his place of entertainment
- 1 in 3 women sexually assaulted by a known male thought the assault was a crime