Domestic abuse is a broad term that describes a pattern of behaviour where someone uses power and control over another, that causes fear and intimidation. It usually happens between people who are (or have been) in a relationship, or between family members. Unfortunately, abuse can happen between friends and work colleagues too. There are many types of abuse, including physical, sexual, verbal, financial, emotional, psychological, technological and spiritual abuse.
Your Youth Group Snapshot*
Based on the number of girls and boys in your youth group:
- girls will experience physical or sexual violence by a partner.¹
- boys will experience physical or sexual violence by a partner.²
- girls will experience emotional abuse.³
- boys will experience emotional abuse.⁴
- will be socially excluded, threatened or abused online.⁵
Head to beforeitstarts.org.au to find out how you can help change these numbers and stop domestic abuse before it starts.
*This snapshot is an estimate and does not cover all forms of abuse.
- ¹ Australian Bureau of Statistics. 2021. Personal Safety Survey, Australia, 2016 |Australian Bureau of Statistics. [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/people/crime-and-justice/personal-safety-australia/latest-release
- [Accessed 03 March 2021]
- ² Ibid
- ³ Ibid
- ⁴ Ibid
- ⁵ eSafety Commissioner. 2021. Cyberbullying | eSafety Commissioner.
- [ONLINE] Available at: https://www.esafety.gov.au/key-issues/cyberbullying
- [Accessed 03 March 2021].