Experiences of violence and personal safety of people with disability
This publication presents information from the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ (ABS) 2016 Personal Safety Survey (PSS). The survey collected information from men and women aged 18 years and over about the nature and extent of violence experienced since the age of 15. The scope of the survey is persons living in private dwellings; this population excludes people with disability who resided in non-private dwellings such as care facilities.
Women with disability or a long-term health condition were more likely to have experienced violence in the preceding 12 months than women without disability or a long-term health condition (5.9% or 172,800 women with disability or long-term health condition and 4.3% or 274,400 of women without disability or a long-term health condition.
In 2016, 2.2% of women with a disability or a long-term health condition (63,900 women) reported experiencing sexual violence in the previous 12 months. There was no statistical difference when compared with women with no disability or long-term health condition (1.6% or 105,300 women).
In 2016, two in five people (43.3% or 172,400) with disability or a long-term health condition in the 18-24 age group reported experiencing sexual harassment in 2016. This was almost double the proportion of people without disability or a long-term health condition in the same age group (23.6% or 433,000 people).