In fear of violence

Around one in ten people with a spouse or partner say they felt afraid of that partner at some point in May 2020. Slightly more females than males report that fear and it is higher for younger age groups. Given the link between financial stress and domestic violence, those who felt their finances worsened during the pandemic were more likely to say they had been afraid of their partner than those whose finances did not worsen.

10 %

One in ten people reported feeling afraid of their spouse or partner at some point during May 2020.

16 %

Fear of a partner was highest for those aged 25-34 at 16%.

13 %

Parents with children under 19 in the house were more likely to report fear of a partner, with slightly more female parents (13%) than male parents (9%).

12 %

12 per cent of those who say their finances had worsened during COVID-19 reported they were afraid of their spouse or partner, higher than those who say finances were stable or had improved.

Being Afraid of Partner or Spouse, by sex and age (May 2020)
Have you ever been afraid of your spouse/partner?
Sources & Methodology
Variable description % who responded 'Yes', by sex and age
Variable time span 2020 (May)
Published by ANU Poll
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Data Source doi:10.26193/GNEHCQ
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