Violence against Women: Australia

Stats shows that the largest factor driving female homelessness in Australia is violence against women

Stav Dimitropoulos

The  World Health Organization defines violence as “the intentional use of physical force or power, threatened or actual, against oneself, another person, or against a group or community, which either results in or has a high likelihood of resulting in injury, death, psychological harm, maldevelopment, or deprivation”.

On the other hand, according to the United Nations violence against women and girls is “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 deprivation of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private life”. Claiming that this type of violence is one of the most systematic and widespread human rights violations is not an exaggeration, as violence against women is rooted in social structures around gender and is pervasive in many societies.

The economy of Australia is one of the largest mixed market economies in the world, with a GDP of AUD$1.62 trillion as of 2015. Australia consistently  ranks as one of the best countries to live in terms of quality of life, wealth, education, and health. The mass immigration after the Second World War has also made Australia one of the world’s most multicultural countries. Yet, for all its strong points, stats shows that the largest factor driving female homelessness in Australia is violence against women, while the same violence “costs” the Australian society billions of dollars. A relevant infographic follows.




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2 thoughts on “Violence against Women: Australia

  1. It makes me so terribly sad that this is true of my birth country. However, I was left wondering how these stats compare to other westernised countries. Is Australia an anomaly when it comes to violence against women?

  2. The Guardian says that violence against women is “an extensive human rights abuse” across Europe, and the same goes for US and Canada for example. I think the article just described what the case is for the specific country of Australia, but I don’t think that makes Australia an anomaly.

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