Violence against women in Australia, 2017 | Submission to the Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women

Australian Human Rights Commission


This submission provides an overview of violence against women in Australia. It includes background information about the nature and prevalence of violence against women in Australia; a summary of recent policy developments relating to violence against women; and an outline of the Commission’s recent work on violence against women.

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Australian Human Rights Commission
Australia has a disturbingly high rate of violence against women. In recent times, policy and public discussions on violence against women in Australia have had a strong focus on family and domestic violence, in particular intimate partner violence. However, consultations conducted by the Commission indicate that violence against women can take many forms, including family and domestic violence, sexual assault, sexual harassment, violence in residential settings and online violence and harassment.




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