Violence against women affects one in 10: study

The Queensland study found 13% of women suffered intimate partner violence, and nearly one-third were subjected to non-physical abuse, including psychological and economic abuse.

The research, involving phone interviews with 1854 women statewide, was conducted by Heather Nancarrow, director of the Queensland Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research at Central Queensland University, Mackay.

The findings were similar to a national survey in 2004, Ms Nancarrow said, underlining the need for a strategy to reduce Australia’s ongoing high rates of domestic violence.

“There is a broad consistency in several studies, reinforcing that these numbers are probably accurate,” she said.

The Queensland data would provide a benchmark for measuring the impact in the state of the Council of Australian Government’s National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children, she said.

Under the plan, all