Domestic violence is traditionally associated with cases of physical violence occurring within intimate relationships and in a domestic setting.
, approximately one in three Australian women have experienced physical violence during their lifetime, nearly one in five women have experienced some form of sexual violence and nearly one in five have experienced violence by a current or previous partner.
Findings from the Another Australian survey found that one-third of women who have a former or current intimate partner reported experiencing some form of physical, sexual or psychological violence (Mouzos & Makkai 2004).
Key research findings on the nature, prevalence and impact of domestic violence are presented, along with an overview of risk factors associated with an increased likelihood of offending or victimisation.
The implications of these research findings for policy and practice are also briefly outlined.
Understanding the complex interaction of attitudes, motives and situational factors underlying offender behaviour is helpful in developing effective prevention strategies.
This summary paper provides a brief overview of this area of research.Domestic violence incurs significant social, emotional and economic costs to victims, their families and the broader community (Laing & Bobic 2002).Findings from victimisation surveys suggest that women are more likely than men to become victims of domestic violence, but that domestic violence can occur in a range of different relationship types, circumstances and settings.Furthermore, 62% of teen moms will drop out of school.Addressing teen dating violence is not just a matter of promoting future financial wellbeing it is a matter of safety.It was also found that the levels and severity of violence perpetrated by former partners were higher than that experienced from current partners (Mouzos & Makkai 2004).