WHAT IS DOMESTIC VIOLENCE?

Mary’s House uses the definition of violence against women found in the United Nations Declaration on the Elimination of Violence against Women.

Any act of gender-based violence that results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or psychological harm or suffering to women, including threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivations of liberty, whether occurring in public or private life.

Violence against women affects women’s well-being and prevents them from fully participating in society. It impacts on families, children, the community and the nation.

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Resources

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Report: Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story 2019

Download AIHW REPORT 2019