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Women's experiences of male violence : findings from the Australian component of the International Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS)

Research and public policy series no. 56

Jenny Mouzos and Toni Makkai
ISBN 0 642 53842 5 ISSN 1326-6004
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, January 2004


The International Violence Against Women Survey was conducted across Australia between December 2002 and June 2003. A total of 6,677 women aged between 18 and 69 years participated in the survey, and provided information on their experiences of physical and sexual violence. This report describes the type of violence (including threats of violence) by current and former intimate male partners, other known males, such as relatives, friends and acquaintances, and strangers. It also examines women's reported experiences of childhood violence, as well as their perceptions and reactions to the violence they experienced.