Who is most at risk of physical and sexual partner violence and coercive control during the COVID-19

This report identifies which groups of women were at higher risk of domestic violence in the early stages of the pandemic

This report has been published by the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC).

The report looks at which groups of women were more at risk of experiencing physical violence, sexual violence and/or coercive control. It analyses data from a survey of 15,000 women from the first 3 months of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The findings show that several groups of women were at higher risk of all forms of domestic violence, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women, women aged 18-24, women with a restrictive health condition, pregnant women, and women in financial stress. Other groups of women were also at higher risk of some forms of violence.

Read the report