In Australia in 2018–19, intimate partner violence (IPV) homicides accounted for 21 per cent of all homicides and for 62 per cent of all domestic homicides, according to the Australian Institute of Criminology. A significant proportion of domestic homicides occur in a context of domestic and family violence, meaning there is an identifiable history of abuse between the parties that precedes the fatal episode.
The Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network (the Network) was established to analyse and improve knowledge about deaths that occur in a context of domestic and family violence. It was set up to share findings and recommendations across jurisdictions in order to improve the response system and thereby prevent future deaths. Under this mandate, the Network developed a first-stage National Minimum Dataset (NMDS) to examine national trends and patterns with respect to intimate partner homicides preceded by a reported or anecdotal history of domestic and family violence (IPV homicides).
In 2018, the Network published the inaugural Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network data report which presented NMDS data for IPV homicides occurring between July 2010 and June 2014. In 2020, ANROWS was funded to work in partnership with the Network to produce a second report, which updates and builds on the data presented in the 2018 report, providing data findings from the NMDS on IPV homicides from July 2010 to June 2018. The data presented in this report provides a national picture of the characteristics present in IPV homicides in Australia.