Men who use violence


We acknowledge that survivors of intimate partner violence may be of any gender. Anyone can also be a perpetrator. All forms of violence are unacceptable. 

However, we know that the most common form of domestic violence is abuse and violence towards women by a male partner. The statistics support this:

  • Globally, one in three women experience physical or sexual violence by male partners.[1] Women are more likely than men to experience severe physical, emotional and sexual abuse from a current or past male partner, causing fear, injuries chronic physical and mental health problems and premature death.[1]

  • In Australia, 1 in 6 Australian women and 1 in 20 men report lifetime experience of physical or sexual violence in an intimate relationship.[2] Between the birth of a first child and that child turning one, 1 in 5 women report physical and/or emotional violence by a male intimate partner, translating to around 60,000 Australian families each year.[3]

  • Incident reports also show that violence that is perpetrated against women is more likely in the home and for men is more often outside the home. [2]

Intimate partner violence damages the mental and physical health of individual women, men, young people and children [1] and is a leading contributor to death and disability for women of child-bearing age.[4] One woman is killed every week by a partner in Australia. [5] 

Thus, our focus is on men who use violence against their female partners because research supports that men are the perpetrators in the majority of cases for intimate partner violence. We work closely with men who use violence for developing interventions to help men.


[1] World Health Organization. Global and regional estimates of violence against women: prevalence and health effects of intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence. Geneva, Switzerland: WHO, 2013.

[2] Australian Bureau of Statistics. Personal Safety Survey. Canberra: Commonwealth Govt, 2012.

[3] Woolhouse H, Gartland D, Hegarty K, et al. Depressive symptoms and intimate partner violence in the 12 months after childbirth: a prospective pregnancy cohort study. BJOG. 2012;119(3):315-23.

[4] Ayre J, Lum On M, Webster K, Gourley M, Moon L. Examination of the burden of disease of intimate partner violence against women in 2011: Final report. Sydney: ANROWS; Horizons, Issue 2016; 06.

[5] Cussen T, Bryant W. Domestic/Family Homicide Australia: Research in Practice no.38. Canberra: Aust Institute of Criminology, 2015.