Fact Check has scrutinised the available data on domestic violence and talked to experts to present this guide to what the data does, and does not, show. (ABC Fact Check).
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced at a Council of Australian Governments (COAG) meeting on April 1 that federal, state and territory leaders will unite to tackle domestic violence at a national summit in October 2016.
The announcement followed the release of a report by the Victorian Royal Commission into Family Violence.
ABC Fact Check has received many requests to check claims made about domestic violence in Australia.
Researching this area, Fact Check encountered challenges in obtaining and interpreting the statistics on domestic violence, including a scarcity of national data on reported domestic violence, its prevalence and particularly its impact on victims.
These shortcomings were also identified in a 2015 Senate Committee report into domestic violence in Australia and the COAG report identified a lack of data on child victims in particular.
The Victorian Royal Commission said the greatest problem limiting the data on family violence was the widespread under-reporting, as well as failure to identify the issue and gaps in recorded data on particular groups.
Fact Check has scrutinised the available data on domestic violence and talked to experts to present this guide to what the data does, and does not, show.
Former Australian of the year Rosie Batty said in her valedictory speech in January that family violence was an "epidemic".
Former Labor leader Mark Latham has been critical of Ms Batty's characterisation and claimed in a podcast in January that surveys showed women were safer than ever before and unacceptable incidents of domestic assault were no worse than they were 20 or 30 years ago.
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