any type of physical violence, such as slapping or punching
forcing you to do sexual things, even if you are married
making threats or calling you names
preventing you from having access to money without your permission
It is also against the law for children to be hit, see or hear violence in the home.
Family violence is a crime.
It is against the law to be hurt by any member of your family, including your husband, children and in-laws.
Statistics about Family Violence
Family violence include physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual and financial abuse
Groups at greater risk of family violence include all the following:
Women with disabilities
The estimated economic cost of family violence to the Australian economy is $13.6 billion
The economic cost of family violence to the Victorian economy is $3.4 billion
The greatest cause of death, disability and illness for Victorian women aged 15-44 years of age is family violence
One woman dies each week in Australia as a result of family violence
1 in 3 women will experience physical violence in their lifetime
Sexist jokes which demean and degrade women are not okay, even if they get a laugh
Source - Information Source A Right to Respect - Victoria's Plan to Prevent Violence against Women 2010 - 2012 (Vic Govt 2009)
National Survey on Community attitudes to Violence Against Women 2009 - changing cultures, changing attitudes.
Preventing violence against women (Vic Health 2009)
Family Violence in the City of Ballarat
Family Violence Prevention has been identified as one of six priority areas in Council's Community Safety Action Plan 2008 - 2013. Ballarat has higher rates of reported family violence compared with the Grampians region and 49.9% more than Victoria (refer to table below)
2009 - 2010
2008 - 2009
2007 - 2008
Data Source - Victoria Police Crime Statistics.
Data on offences recorded have been accessed for 2009-10, 2007-08, 2007-08 from Family Violence by PSA 2006-07.
Since the introduction of the Victoria Police Code of Practice for the Investigation of Family Violence in 2004, which mandated that police respond to reports of family violence incidents, reporting of family violence incidents have increased.