The Family Violence Prevention Foundation of Australia

Impact On The Community

The scale of family violence in Australia is truly appalling but the human cost in misery and destroyed lives cannot be calculated.

  • Children always suffer, whether as victims or witnesses.
  • Family violence has many forms: physical, psychological, emotional.
  • It is the leading cause of premature death and injury among women aged 15 to 44 (VicHealth, 2004).
  • One in three Australian women will experience family violence in their lifetimes (ABS, 2005).
  • It is the main cause of youth homelessness—children feel safer on the street than in the home.
  • Affected children often become violent adolescents and adults: in the family, in the street and in the workplace.
  • Reported violence is estimated to cost the community $10 billion per year in medical costs, lost productivity and welfare support (from Australian Government Report, 2009).
  • One in four Australian children sees male violence at home (AIC 2001). This means that about 1.3 million children are affected. They are all victims, even as witnesses, and are at risk of repeating this violence in their adult lives.
  • Family violence causes preventable injury and death, especially among women; high community medical costs; lost work time; unemployment; psychological trauma and personal distress.
  • It leads to public violence, workplace violence and homelessness.
  • Victims and perpetrators can be helped but services are limited.
  • Research is needed to improve all aspects of violence prevention and to help with the design of innovative early intervention programs.

Violence Free Families works for the elimination of all forms of family violence. We believe that Research, Innovation and Education can help improve the lives of vulnerable children and women, and help curb the incidence of family violence.