The recent assault on a local woman at Mullum Mullum Creek in Ringwood highlights how common violence against women is. One in three Australian women have experienced physical violence and almost one in five have experienced sexual violence since the age of 15.
As this data shows, violence against women is serious and common. The impacts of violence are devastating and long-term, affecting women’s mental and physical health and wellbeing, and for many women the impacts can include homelessness, mental health issues and financial insecurity.
However, unlike this attack, most violence against women occurs in the home, with the majority of perpetrators known by the victim. In fact, intimate partner violence contributes to more ill health and premature death in Victorian women under the age of 45 than high blood pressure, obesity or smoking, VicHealth data shows. The biggest risk factor for becoming a victim of sexual assault and/or family violence is being a woman.
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