- 1 in 3 Australian children experience physical abuse (32 per cent)
- 1 in 4 Australian children experience sexual abuse (28.5 per cent)
- 3 in 10 Australian children experience emotional abuse (30.9 per cent); and
- 4 in 10 Australian children experience exposure to domestic violence (39.6 per cent).
The Australian Child Maltreatment Study was first to identify the nationwide prevalence and nature of five forms of child maltreatment: physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, neglect and exposure to domestic violence.
The study also looked at associated mental health disorders and health risk behaviours throughout life.
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Produced By: Netta Finney
Featured In Story: Sharon – Victim/survivor of childhood domestic violence and sexual abuse, and family support worker, and Professor Daryl Higgins – Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at Australian Catholic University
First aired on The Wire, Friday 14 April 2023