Prevalence of violence and abuse of people with disability in Australia
Fact Sheets on Violence and Disability
In light of the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Exploitation and Neglect against people with disability, we have produced a series of fact sheets that provide the most up-to-date population-based estimates on the prevalence of violence and abuse among people with disability in Australia.
There is considerable misinformation on the statistics around violence and disability being cited and circulated and the information in the fact sheets provide the most robust statistics we have to date.
Using the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ Personal Safety Survey 2018, the only Australian population-based survey of violence and abuse which includes information on disability, we provide a summary of the prevalence of violence of abuse among people with disability.
We report on different types of violence such as physical and sexual violence, stalking and harassment, emotional abuse and intimate partner violence.
The fact sheets provide data on violence prevalence against women, against men and against young people.
We also report on violence experienced by people with different impairments (physical, intellectual, sensory) and on the experience of violence across the lifetime and in the last 12 months.
Download Fact Sheets on the right hand side.
Disability and Violence Data Compendium
In addition, we provide the first Australian report on data sources on violence and disability for future research and policy. The compendium includes existing administrative and survey data sources in Australia with a summary of how each could be used, and recommendations for improvements including potential linkages that could be used to provide more robust estimates of violence and abuse for future research/analysis.
Download the Disability and Violence Data Compendium on the right hand side.
There is a clear gap in the literature about the prevalence of violence and abuse and the settings in which it occurs. This information is critical for the Disability Royal Commission and for monitoring over time. It is also important to identify better ways to capture this information in other datasets.