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New ABS figures confirm violence against women on the rise: especially for older women.



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Tanya Plibersek MP Shadow Minister for Work and Family Shadow Minister for Childcare and Youth Shadow Minister for Women

New ABS figures confirm violence against women on the rise - especially for older women

Data released today by the Australia Bureau of Statistics confirms that throughout their life, more women will experience physical and sexual violence than they did ten years ago.

Of note is the rise of assaults on women aged over 35 years.

Of the women who experienced physical violence in the last year, 46 per cent were aged over 35 years, compared to 33 per cent in 1996.

40 per cent of those who experienced sexual violence in 2005 were women aged over 35 years. This is a rise of 4 per cent over the last ten years.

Women who reported experiencing sexual violence since the age of 15 increased by over 1.2 per cent and physical violence rose by .7 per cent since 1996.

The 2005 Personal Safety survey is a follow up to the 1996 Women’s Safety Survey. The Personal Safety also includes data regarding violence against men.

The Howard Government continues to spend millions of dollars on advertising to raise awareness of violence against women, but not enough to assist victims.

Some of the main concerns include: • insufficient funding for emergency accommodation with one in two women and two out of three children being turned away from refuges; • children accompanying women to refuges are not treated as clients, so funding

allocation for refuges is inaccurate and inadequate; and • there are acute shortages in services for rural and remote areas. The majority of women and kids seeking help in these areas are indigenous.

For more information please contact Tanya Plibersek on 02 6277 4519 or Mary Wood on 0438 983 908

10 August 2006