However, ANROWS says the definition of intimate partner violence should include past and present cohabiting partners, boyfriends, girlfriends and dates and have conducted a more detailed analysis using additional ABS data.This analysis shows that one in four Australian women experienced at least one incident of violence from an intimate partner (2,194,200, 25.1 per cent) since the age of 15.As well as assault, this behaviour also includes withholding financial support and preventing contact with friends and family.
These claims can be distilled down to two key questions — what are the proportions of male and female victims relative to each other, and how are rates of domestic violence changing over time?The Australian Bureau of Statistics notes that there is no single agreed definition of domestic violence.Former Labor leader Mark Latham has been critical of Ms Batty's characterisation and claimed in a podcast in January that surveys showed women were safer than ever before and unacceptable incidents of domestic assault were no worse than they were 20 or 30 years ago.Ms Batty has also spoken of the "gendered" nature of domestic violence and told the Victorian Parliament in November last year that the statistics showed it was clearly an issue affecting women.The legislation in NSW, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, the ACT, the NT and South Australia now defines domestic violence as occurring between intimate partners, relatives, family members, carers and children and in most cases an intimate relationship can exist between two people who don't live together (i.e. In Tasmania, family violence is only considered in the context of a spouse or partner relationship.
The terms "domestic violence", "family violence", "domestic and family violence" and "domestic abuse" are used across the different jurisdictions.
Social Services Minister Christian Porter echoed this view when he said that domestic violence was a problem "almost overwhelmingly, almost exclusively" perpetrated by men against women and girls on an ABC Q&A program devoted to domestic violence last year.
He was responding to a question about data cited by groups such as "One in Three", who raise awareness of male victims of family violence."Contrary to common beliefs, up to one in three victims of sexual assault and at least one in three victims of family violence and abuse is male (perhaps as many as one in two)," the website states.
ABC Fact Check has received many requests to check claims made about domestic violence in Australia.
Researching this area, Fact Check encountered challenges in obtaining and interpreting the statistics on domestic violence, including a scarcity of national data on reported domestic violence, its prevalence and particularly its impact on victims.
For the victims of violence perpetrated by a current partner since the age of 15, one in three (119,600) were men and two in three, (237,100) were women.