4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2011
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Data custodian: New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services (FACS)
Contact: Michelle Jeuken, Executive Director Corporate Information, FACS
Address: Level 2, 55 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW, 2000
Telephone: 02 9248 0912
Key Information and Directory System (KiDS) is Community Services New South Wales computer system for recording client information. KiDS supports Community Services staff in their day-to-day work, facilitates information needs and records client relationships.
KiDS is primarily a system to support Child Protection Services in New South Wales. Therefore, its focus is children who may be experiencing child protection issues rather than victims of domestic violence.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 Recorded as narrative in text field only and data are likely to be difficult to report and of poor quality.
3 These ‘issues in the family’ categories are not mutually exclusive. They reflect where police have noted these issues are present in the household, and do not necessarily indicate that the child is a direct victim of these issues/offences.
2 Community Services records relationships to the child where Domestic Violence is an issue. For example, a perpetrator may be identified as a “person causing harm” to a child if that child is exposed to FDV (even though that child may not be the primary victim). However, the relationship between the perpetrator and the primary victim of domestic violence will not be directly recorded in KiDS.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family and Domestic Violence is defined according to the “New South Wales Interagency Guidelines for Child Protection Intervention” as follows:
Domestic violence is violence, abuse and intimidatory behaviour perpetrated by one person against another in a personal, intimate relationship. It is partnership violence that includes violence perpetrated when couples are separated or divorced.
Acts of domestic violence are mainly but not only perpetrated by men against women within heterosexual relationships but can also occur within same sex relationships. Domestic violence occurs between two people where one has power over the other causing fear, physical and/or psychological harm.
Children and young people may experience harm, by being in the presence of or by being exposed to violence in the parental relationship, by becoming the victims of violence or a combination of the two.
Domestic violence is recorded on the KiDS system where it is experienced in a household relating to issues of Child protection. The type of abuse relates to the child, not the primary victim of the domestic violence. All aspects of FDV may be captured by this database, however, while the primary victim of domestic violence may be experiencing physical abuse, the type of abuse recorded in KiDS will often be Psychological/ Emotion abuse as this is the impact on the child of witnessing the violence between adults in the household.
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
New South Wales has a single state-wide centralised reporting system, the Child Protection Helpline, for receiving reports about children and young people who may be at risk of significant harm, and requests for assistance. Information is primarily received by phone, fax and electronic reporting (eReporting).
KiDS is used on a daily basis by caseworkers to record data and to provide a single repository of information that is accessible state-wide. Key decision points of the child protection process are captured on KiDS, as well as detailed information about children and young people placed in out-of-home care. This database also has the ability to capture information about significant people in the lives of the children and young people; e.g. parents, carers, relatives, professionals and other significant people in the child’s life.
Scope / target population
This database captures information about children and young people who are reported to Community Services because there is concern about their on-going welfare and safety.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
New South Wales - full address of child recorded
Data available for:
New South Wales
Community Services Regions
Frequency / Timing
Collection commenced: October 2003
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination
Limited aggregated information is published in the Annual Report.
Additional data may be provided free on request. See guidelines attached:
Other data sources held by this agency
DV Line, New South Wales
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.