Domestic violence committed on female partners in heterosexual couples occurs significantly more frequently when the woman earns more than the man — according to our findings about 35% more often.
We are astounded by the strength of the association.
The following graph tracks the probability of partner violence reported by women against the share of a couple’s income earned by the woman.
Probability of partner violence by % of partner income earned by the woman
- ^ research (taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au)
- ^ Sources: PSS Murf waves 2006 and 2016 (taxpolicy.crawford.anu.edu.au)
- ^ Personal Safety Survey (www.abs.gov.au)
- ^ Will the Coalition's approach to gender improve women's lives? (theconversation.com)
- ^ 32% (www.worldvaluessurvey.org)
- ^ Why family violence leave should be paid (theconversation.com)
Authors: Robert Breunig, Professor of Economics and Director, Tax and Transfer Policy Institute, Crawford School of Public Policy, Australian National University