About Domestic Violence

Whilst our refuges made every effort to accommodate the referrals received in 2013/14, they were unable to accommodate nearly 200 women and children.  The lack of crisis accommodation beds remains an ongoing issue for Starick and for all services assisting women and children escaping domestic violence.

Costs of domestic violence

Women and children by far bear the greatest burden of family and domestic violence in Australia. An analysis in 2002 of hospitalisations in Western Australia due to intimate partner violence found that 85% of victims of domestic violence or intimate partner violence were women1.

In 2009, a comprehensive analysis of the economic burden of violence against women and children was outlined in a report commissioned by the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children2. This report estimated the economic cost burden to the Australian economy was to be $13.6 billion in 2009, rising to $15.6 billion by the year 2021–22 unless appropriate action was taken.

Some of the many costs of family and domestic violence are:

  • Pain, suffering and premature mortality of victims and survivors.
  • Private and public health costs associated with treating the effects of the violence.
  • The cost of victims and family members being absent from work and the cost to the employer of replacing employees.
  • The cost of replacing damaged property and the cost of moving into alternative housing.
  • The costs to children of witnessing and living with violence, such as child protection services.
  • The cost to Government of things such as policing, incarceration, court processes and counselling.

What is domestic violence? See our FAQ page.

1Leggett, N. (2007) Violence against women in Western Australia. Perth: Women’s Council for Domestic and Family Violence Services (WA) Inc.

2KPMG (2009) The cost of violence against women and their children: Report commissioned by the National Council to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children. Canberra: FaHCSIA