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 Run in 2009, then 4 yearly from 2014
Data custodian: Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.
Agency responsible for collecting the data: The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation (VicHealth)
Contact for data access requests: Branch Manager, Safety Taskforce Branch
Address: PO Box 7576, Canberra Business Centre, ACT, 2610
Telephone: 1300 653 227
Contact for questions about the research: Program Manager, Preventing Violence Against Women.
Address: Ground Floor, 15–31 Pelham St (PO Box 154), Carlton South, VIC, 3053
Telephone: (03) 9667 1333
Facsimile: (03) 9667 1375
Summary of findings, Project technical report and Fact sheet are available at:
The survey comprised three components:
The project focuses on five major areas of community attitudes towards violence against women:
1. Perceptions of what constitutes domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment
2. Understanding of the consequences and harms caused by violence
3. Beliefs regarding whether violence against women is justifiable or excusable
4. Myths and beliefs about victims and offenders
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 Selected Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (SCALD) survey respondents only.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
NCAS 2009 focuses on community attitudes towards interpersonal forms of gender-based violence as they affect women, including:
Attitudes towards FDV-related behaviours specifically are defined by the questions asked and include slapping or pushing to cause harm of fear; forcing a partner to have sex; throwing or smashing objects near the partner to threaten or frighten them; threatening to hurt family members to scare or control partner; yelling abuse at partner; controlling the social life of partner; criticising partner to make them feel bad or useless; controlling partner by denying money.
Aspects of FDV captured by the NCAS are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
General community survey
Conducted by the Social Research Centre using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). A random digit dialling frame was constructed from electronic White Pages numbers ‘+2’. These numbers were ‘matched’ against a list contain more up to date addresses and a preliminary approach letter was sent to those households. Individual participants were selected from within each household as the person aged 16 years and over with the next birthday. Verbal parental consent was obtained prior to interviewing persons aged 16-17. This generated a random sample of 10,100 respondents nationally, with a minimum of 1000 in each state/territory. The sample was stratified by state/territory and metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas and yielded a response of 49.8%.
Data were weighted using 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for generation, sex and age within the five ethnicities to provide a nationally representative sample.
While the findings of the 2009 survey are intended to be comparable with the 1995 national survey, readers should note changes to the instrument may impact on comparability.
Comprised 2,501 Australian residents of Chinese (500), Vietnamese (500), Indian (500), Italian (501) or Greek (500) background. A stratified random sample of households was obtained using Electronic white Pages listings, filtered by most common surnames in each community and the top 50 postcodes within Australia with residents of these communities. Further sample was obtained just using surnames. The response rate was 33.8%.
Data were weighted using 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for sex, age and geographic location (state) to provide a nationally representative sample.
Comprised face-to-face interviews with 400 Indigenous Australians interviewed across nine metropolitan and regional locations within Australia. Sample was generated through community consultation and networking. The response rate was 37.2%. Data were not weighted and therefore the sample is not representative of any population other than those interviewed.
Researchers referred participants to appropriate support services as required/on request.
Interviews were gender-matched within each survey group.
More detailed descriptions of the methodologies used in each sample are provided in the Project Technical Report.
Scope / target population
The in-scope population for the quantitative surveys was persons aged 16 years of age and over who were residents of private households in Australia.
The following population groups were excluded from the survey:
In addition, the SCALD component also excluded females who had married into other ethnic groups and changed their name.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
National. Postcode collected.
Data available for:
Other - Capital city / rest of state (Community Survey only)
Frequency / Timing
2009; Will be run every four years from 2014.
Collection commenced: February - August 2009
Breaks in series: no
Other details: The design and approach of the 2009 National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women (CATVAW) builds on the methodologies adopted in the last two major Australian surveys: the national survey conducted in 1995 by the Office for the Status of Women and the Victorian Community Attitude Study co-ordinated by VicHealth in 2006.
The NCAS will be run every 4 years from 2014.
Data availability / Dissemination
Frequency tables are published in the Project Technical Report. All available outputs are published.
Other data sources held by this agency
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.