Men are most likely to experience violence in a public place, by a male stranger.1 Women are most likely to experience violence in their homes, by a male partner2 — this is known as ‘domestic violence’ or ‘family violence’.
Domestic violence involves someone making their partner afraid by abusing them, over time, in order to control them. This is what differentiates it from violence between partners that is ‘one off’ or ‘goes both ways’. It can include physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, financial, social and spiritual abuse. While men also experience it, domestic violence is mostly perpetrated by men against women.3
Family violence is a broader term than domestic violence—it refers not only to violence between partners, but also to violence between family members, including child and elder abuse.^ Family violence is mostly perpetrated by men against women and children.
Women and children also experience violence outside their homes, including sexual violence and harassment. Around one in four sexual assaults are perpetrated by a stranger.9