EXPERIENCE OF PARTNER VIOLENCE
The 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) collected in-depth information about men's and women's experience of violence by a partner, including both physical and sexual violence experienced since the age of 15.
'Violence' is defined as any incident involving the occurrence, attempt or threat of either physical or sexual assault experienced by a person since the age of 15. 'Physical violence' includes physical assault and/or physical threat. 'Sexual violence' includes sexual assault and/or sexual threat. Refer to Experience of Violence chapter in this publication for more details.
In this chapter the term 'partner' is used to describe a person the respondent currently lives with, or has lived with at some point, in a married or de facto relationship. This relationship is referred to in relevant tables as co-habiting partner. Data collected as part of the partner violence topic reported in this chapter do not include violence by a boyfriend/girlfriend or date or ex-boyfriend/girlfriend (although both are included in some tables as part of the definition of intimate partner).
This chapter includes information about respondents' experiences of violence by a current partner and/or a previous partner.
A 'current partner' is a person who, at the time of the survey, was living with the respondent in a marriage or de-facto relationship.
A 'previous partner' is a person who lived with the respondent at some point in a marriage or de facto relationship, but who was no longer living with the respondent at the time of the survey. This includes:
- A partner who was violent during the relationship, but the relationship has now ended.
- A partner who was not violent during the relationship, but has been violent since the relationship ended.
- A partner who was violent both during and after the relationship.
The definitions of current and previous partner for the PSS are based on the living arrangements at the time of the survey
. This is irrespective of whether the respondent considers their partner to be a current or previous partner, or what the living arrangements may have been at the time of any incident.
Many of the estimates of men's experiences of violence by a partner are subject to very high sampling error (for further details regarding sampling error, refer to the Data Quality and Technical Notes
page of the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide, 2016
(cat. no. 4906.0.55.003)). For this reason only limited information on men's experience of violence by a partner are included in the tables and commentary.