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Women are more likely to experience domestic violence when they out-earn their partner

The likelihood of a woman experiencing domestic violence surges by 35 per cent when she earns more than her male partner, new Australian research has revealed.

Female breadwinners were also 20 per cent more likely to suffer emotional abuse at the hands of their partner, suggesting men are still not comfortable with shifting traditional gender norms.

The research, based on more than a decade of de-identified Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) surveys, showed an increase in violence when women out-earned their partners was common across all ages, incomes, education levels, and cultural backgrounds.


Hayley Foster, chief executive of Women’s Safety NSW, told SBS News it was well-known that the biggest driver of violence against women is “rigid stereotypes around gender roles and expectations”.

“There’s a clear link between that and male violence, and that’s what this study shows,” she said.

To read the full SBS article by Maani Truu click HERE.

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