Family violence occurs across Australian society and affects people from all socio-economic groups, geographic locations, ages, abilities and cultural backgrounds.
Women and children are most often the victims of family violence, and men are most often
the perpetrators. Women from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, women with disabilities, and refugee and immigrant women are disproportionately affected by family violence, and face more barriers to accessing help.
There is growing recognition of violence against women and children, and to take action so that women and their children are safe, respected, valued and have equal access to opportunities in both private and public life.