Shine a light on violence against women
Day 4 - physical violence
Physical violence is the most obvious, and acknowledged, form of violence. The majority of Australians are aware that violence against women takes many forms, however people are more inclined to identify physical violence as violence as opposed to non-physical forms of control, coercion and intimidation). (NCAS, 2013)
1 in 3 Australian women have experienced physical violence since the age of 15.
Women are most likely to experience physical violence in their own home, at the hands of a current or ex-partner.
Physical violence or behaviour can take on many forms. It may start out as trivial contact that escalated into more frequent and serious attacks. It can include:
- hitting, slapping, punching, kicking
- damaging valuable/personal property or throwing objects at a victim
- refusing medical care or hiding medications belonging to a victim
- pressuring or forcing a partner to use substances (e.g. drugs, alcohol)
- use of weapons, including improvised objects (e.g. a lamp or string)
Physical violence commonly results in injury. Two in five women in the IVAWS (who had experience domestic violence) reported they were injured in the most recent incident of violence. 29% of these women were injured badly enough to require medical attention.
Injuries can include:
- broken bones
- head/brain injuries
- internal injuries
TOMORROW we shine a light on ... emotional violence
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