Dating violence definition and statistics
Here at The Hotline, we use the Power & Control Wheel* to describe most accurately what occurs in an abusive relationship.
Possessive and controlling behaviors don’t always appear overnight, but rather emerge and intensify as the relationship grows.Researching this area, Fact Check encountered challenges in obtaining and interpreting the statistics on domestic violence, including a scarcity of national data on reported domestic violence, its prevalence and particularly its impact on victims.These shortcomings were also identified in a 2015 Senate Committee report into domestic violence in Australia and the COAG report identified a lack of data on child victims in particular.Ms Batty has also spoken of the "gendered" nature of domestic violence and told the Victorian Parliament in November last year that the statistics showed it was clearly an issue affecting women.Social Services Minister Christian Porter echoed this view when he said that domestic violence was a problem "almost overwhelmingly, almost exclusively" perpetrated by men against women and girls on an ABC Q&A program devoted to domestic violence last year.It can vary from being egged on and persuaded, to being forced to have contact.
It can be verbal and emotional, in the form of statements that make you feel pressure, guilt, or shame.
The announcement followed the release of a report by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
ABC Fact Check has received many requests to check claims made about domestic violence in Australia.
The Victorian Royal Commission said the greatest problem limiting the data on family violence was the widespread under-reporting, as well as failure to identify the issue and gaps in recorded data on particular groups.
Fact Check has scrutinised the available data on domestic violence and talked to experts to present this guide to what the data does, and does not, show.
Former Australian of the year Rosie Batty said in her valedictory speech in January that family violence was an "epidemic".