29 January 2019

Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: Final report

This report extended the results from the Australian Burden of Disease Study  to produce detailed estimates of the health burden due to exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV) that are specific to Australian women in 2011. Overall, it was estimated that 1.4% of the disease burden experienced by women aged 18 years and over in 2011 was attributable to physical/sexual IPV by a current, or previous cohabiting partner. Anxiety disorders made up the greatest proportion (35%), followed by depressive disorders (32%) and suicide & self-inflicted injuries (19%), with more than a quarter of this burden being fatal (27%). Physical/sexual IPV was responsible for almost half (45%) of the total burden due to homicide and violence among adult women in 2011.