Institute of Health and Welfare reports of female assault hospitalisations

Almost 60 per cent of Australian females who were hospitalised due to assault were injured at the hands of their spouse or domestic partners. 

On top of this, parents and family members were perpetrators in almost half of the remaining cases.

New research from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare found that in 2013-14, almost 6500 women and girls went to hospital after being assaulted. 

Of this, 61 per cent of domestic violence victims presented with injuries to the head.

Support, Help, Empowerment executive officer Alina Thomas said the new data made it clear that for many women, home was not a safe or comforting space.

“There’s a myth that we need to be challenging around women’s safety, and while we do need to be sending messages to the community that public spaces can come with risks, those risks are actually more typical for men,” Ms Thomas said.

“Women are much more likely to be victims and targeted by violence in a private space and in their homes.

“We need to be working towards increasing our awareness around the impacts of violence on children because when children are either directly and indirectly exposed to family violence … they’re immediately going to be disadvantaged.” 

For those women 15 years or older, 8 per cent of victims were pregnant at the time of their assault. 

In cases where the location of the assault was noted, 69 per cent of incidents happened in the home. 

The rate of hospitalised assault varied depending on age, but was most common between 30 and 34.