Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (2011). Homelessness. in AIHW Child Protection
Australia 2010-11. pp. 237-272.
This resource explores the connection between domestic violence and paths to homelessness - it also provides statistics of homeless in Australia whose homelessness can be attributed to domestic violence. The domestic violence pathway is discussed using substantial academic research and statistics, and the need for specialist support services for women escaping family violence is mentioned, in order to curb homelessness for these victims.
Bagshaw, D., Chung, D., Couch, M., Lilburn, S., and Wadham, B. (2000). Reshaping responses
to domestic violence - final report. Commonwealth of Australia.
This report explores the current responses to domestic violence performed by victims, perpetrators, policymakers, service providers, etc. in Australia. Research indicates that young people have experienced extreme difficulties in reporting domestic violence and finding appropriate support. Several types of domestic violence are reported, including those against same-sex and aboriginal couples, two subcultures that require substantial exploration and representation in Australian domestic violence policy.
Ghafournia, N. (2011). Battered at home, played down in policy: migrant women and domestic
violence in Australia. Aggression and Violent Behavior 16(2011): 207-213.
This study notes the phenomenon of domestic violence in Australian migrant women; there is a large prevalence of domestic violence and family violence against migrant women revealed in the research and literature. Furthermore, the lack of public policy that is in place to prevent this violence is illuminated, demonstrating the need for greater legislation and public policy attention that must be provided to underrepresented victims of domestic violence.
Mulroney, J. (2003). Australian Statistics on Domestic Violence. Australian Domestic & Family
This topic paper establishes recent statistics from the Women's Safety Australia study by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, noting the prevalence of violence against women in a variety of contexts, including within marriages, defacto relationships, from partners in previous relationships, number of incidents, and more. The paper also discusses barriers to disclosure of incidents, and how to prevent them to get more accurate reporting in the future.
NSW Women's Refuge Resource Centre. (2011). 'It's not love, it's violence' - domestic violence
kit. NSW Women's Refuge Resource Centre.
This resource is provided to victims of domestic violence to provide a definition of domestic violence and its many types (physical, sexual, psychological, etc.). The psychological effects of violence are illustrate through the power and control wheel, further recent statistics of domestic violence within Australia, and addressing of common community beliefs regarding domestic violence.
Ramsay, J., Richardson, J., Carter, Y.H., et al. (2002). Should health professionals screen women
for domestic violence? Systematic review. BMJ 325(7359): 314.
This study researches the appropriateness of health care providers screening female patients for domestic violence through systematic literature review. Relevant statistics on female violence are represented in three papers from Australia and New Zealand, which note high rates of domestic violence. Despite the recognized seriousness of the domestic violence issue, screening for DV in healthcare settings is seen to be unjustified by the existing literature.
Rees, S., Silove, D., Chey, T., et al. (2011). Lifetime prevalence of gender-based violence in
women and the relationship with mental disorders and psychosocial function. Journal of
American Medical Association 306(5): 513-521.
This study illustrates the pervasiveness of intimate partner physical violence, linking victimization of domestic violence to various mental disorders and substance abuse disorders, among others. The results show an alarming prevalence of posttraumatic stress disorder, anxiety and mood disorders, and other mental health problems that demonstrate the long-term effects of domestic violence.