This Chart Predicts Your Odds Of Getting A Divorce

by | May 25, 2016

We tend to hear a lot of numbers being thrown around in conversations about marriage and divorce—like that almost half of women are single and that half of married women will end up divorced. But before you break out the snuggie and give up on love, it’s important to realize that those numbers (like pretty much anything to do with statistical analysis) are nuanced.

For those of us who ran from our college stats class screaming, data analysis company FlowingData has created an interactive chart to help you visualize your unique risk of dealing with the D-word, based on demographics like your employment status and level of education.

Using data from the 2014 American Community survey, the stats behind the chart reveal some interesting trends. For instance, working women are a little more likely to get divorced than working men (38 percent vs. 32 percent), as are more educated women (17 percent of women with an advanced degree will end up in splitsville, compared to 12 percent of men).

Overall, though, the numbers are surprisingly good. The average employed woman only has a two percent chance of untying the knot before turning 30 and that number only goes up to 19 percent by the age of 50—a far cry from that scary 50 percent stat we keep hearing.

If these numbers are any indication, you can still look forward to channeling your inner-single gal—just likely within the bonds of matrimony.

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Women Fleeing Domestic Violence Can Now Receive A One-Off Support Payment

It’s been labelled the shadow pandemic and the fact remains that for many women across Australia, domestic violence is a lived reality that doesn’t discriminate by age, occupation, or socio-economic status. Researchers have found that during Covid-19 lockdowns, there was a surge in family and domestic violence, with agencies experiencing a surge in demand as nearly half their clients reported an increase in controlling behaviours. 

As many who have lived through such turmoil and trauma can attest, the roadmap to fleeing such situations at home can be fraught with challenges and extremely difficult to navigate, particularly when such bureaucracy makes it even harder. Now, it’s been announced that women fleeing a violent relationship will be given a one-off $5,000 payment as part of a federal government trial scheme. 

Known as the “escaping violence payment scheme,” the government has set aside $144.5 million over the next two years to give women $1,500 cash, with the remainder to pay for goods and services, bond, school fees and other necessaries to establish a new safe home. UnitingCare Network will be tasked with delivering the payments while helping link women and their children with relevant community services. 

As the Daily Telegraph reports, “An analysis of domestic violence data by the Australian Bureau of Statistics shows that while it is more common for women from poorer areas, women from high socio-economic areas are not immune from experiencing partner violence.”

As Women’s Safety Minister Anne Ruston explained, the trial has been introduced with the aim to help women overcome the financial barriers that might deter them from leaving a violent relationship. “We know that financial hardship as well as economic abuse - which may involve interfering with work or controlling or withholding money - reduces women’s ability to acquire and use money and makes it difficult to leave violent relationships,” she said. 

“The payments will assist people who need financial support to leave. We know the size of the house a woman is fleeing doesn’t matter. Often she bundles the kids into the car, maybe the dog too and they leave with nothing more than the clothes on their backs.”

To be eligible for a payment, women must be facing financial stress and have some evidence of domestic violence such as a referral from a family and domestic violence service provider with a risk assessment and safety plan, or an AVO, court order or police report. As UnitingCare Australia National Director Claerwen Little said, “We believe that all people, especially women and their children, have the right to live freely and without fear, and this payment is an important step forward to ending violence against women and children.”

If you require immediate assistance, please call 000.

If you’d like to speak to someone about domestic violence, please call the 1800 

Respect hotline on 1800 737 732 or chat online. 

Under 25? You can reach Kids Helpline at 1800 55 1800 or chat online.