Domestic violence injured up to 6500

April 28, 2017

Almost 6500 women and girls were hospitalised because of assault in Australia in 2013-14, usually perpetrated by a partner, according to new research.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare data shows more than half of hospitalised assaults against females were by spouses or domestic partners (59 per cent of cases where the perpetrator was specified), with injuries to the head most common (61 per cent).

Hospital data across Campaspe Shire would reveal similar patterns and prevalence, according to Centre for Non-Violence chief executive Margaret Augerinos.

‘‘We know from our work with women and children who have experienced violence, and programs for men who use it, that women are more likely to be hospitalised as a result of violence from an intimate partner,’’ she said.

Ms Augerinos said other studies, such as personal safety surveys, confirmed most violence men experienced was generally at the hands of other men.

‘‘If in the context of violence from a female partner, they don’t experience physical injuries at the same rates or severity as women.’’

While females, overall, were hospitalised from assault at a rate less than half the equivalent rate for men (56 cases per 100,000 females compared to 121 cases per 100,000 males), the patterns of injury for females are different to that seen for males.

Originally Published by the Riverine Herald, continue reading here.

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