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4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
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Contents >> Children's Court and Petty Sessions System (CHIPS)/Courts Data Mart, WA

CHILDREN'S COURT AND PETTY SESSIONS SYSTEM (CHIPS)/ COURTS DATA MART, WESTERN AUSTRALIA


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
ACT
Regional
LGA
ASGC Remoteness
Other
More than annual
Annual
2-4 yearly
Less than 5 yearly
Once only
Ad hoc
Detailed publication / report publicly available
Data cubes / spreadsheets publicly available
Agency annual report
Customised data - free upon request1
Customised data - charged consultancy1
Not published - may be available on request1
Not publicly available
[1] May be subject to release conditions

DETAILED METADATA

Contact

Data custodian: Department of the Attorney General, Western Australia

Contact: Courts and Tribunal Services

Address: International House, 26 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000

Telephone: 08 9425 2222

Facsimile: n/a

Email: n/a

Internet: http://www.courts.dotag.wa.gov.au

Publications

FDV data items are not routinely published.

Purpose

To record details of criminal charges lodged in the Children’s and Magistrates Courts and some civil applications, principally restraining order applications, their proceedings and outcomes. Criminal offence information and other data necessary to process and manage restraining order applications is recorded.

Description

Information is recorded in Children’s Court and Petty Sessions system (CHIPS) and stored in the data Warehouse, called ‘Courts Data Mart’ in summarised form.

Collection Type

Administrative by-product

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Victim
Secondary victim
Offender2
Demographics
Age
1
Sex
1
Indigenous Status
1
Disability
Country of Birth
1
Language spoken
1
Employment
Education
Income
Geography
1
1
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other
Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness
FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
Prior history of victimisation / offending
1
History of applications by the same party

History of charges;
History of applications against same party1
Known outcomes
application for violence order
violence order issued

offender charged
offender went to court
offender found guilty
offender sentence type
child protection involvement
time off work / economic costs
medical treatment received / type
changed routine
other
1
1
1 2











2
2
2
2






Other personal data items
1
Type of restraining order applied for

Offence charges;
Type of restraining order applied for1
1 Data items available for Restraining Order proceedings only; victim information is not available for criminal proceedings.
2 For data relating to restraining orders, which are civil proceedings, this refers to the respondent in the application, rather than an offender.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other
Relationship between parties
married/de facto spouse
current / former partner/boyfriend/girlfriend
parent-child
sibling
other member of household
other relatives
relationships of personal or financial dependency
1
Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
Other

For criminal charges only, name of the locality in which the offence occurred
1 Refers to relationship between parties, as provided by the applicant, for restraining order applications and includes all types of relationship was defined under WA legislation.


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Family and domestic violence is defined by the Magistrate’s court for policy purposes as:

    Family violence covers a broad range of controlling behaviours, commonly of a physical, sexual and/or psychological nature, which typically involve fear, harm, intimidation and emotional deprivation. It occurs within a variety of close interpersonal relationships such as between spouses, partners, parents and children, siblings and in other relationships where significant others are not part of the physical household but are part of the family and/or are fulfilling the function of family.

The Acts Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence) Act 2004 defines Family and Domestic Violence for the purpose of restraining orders as:
one of the following acts that a person commits against another person with whom he or she is in a family and domestic relationship —
    (a) assaulting or causing personal injury to the person;
(b) kidnapping or depriving the person of his or her liberty;
(c) damaging the person’s property, including the injury or death of an animal that is the person’s property;
(d) behaving in an ongoing manner that is intimidating, offensive or emotionally abusive towards the person;
(e) pursuing the person or a third person, or causing the person or a third person to be pursued-
(i) with intent to intimidate the person; or
(ii) in a manner that could reasonably be expected to intimidate, and that does in fact intimidate, the person;
(f ) threatening to commit any act described in paragraphs (a) to (c) against the person.

A family or domestic relationship is defined to include current or former intimate partners, persons who are related and children who ordinarily reside with a person.

Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
    • Physical abuse
    • Sexual abuse
    • Psychological/emotional abuse
    • Social abuse
    • Property damage
    • Harassment and stalking

Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)

Conceptual Framework Element / Sub-element
Amount of Information Available
None
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental Factors
Individual pyscho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Understandings and acknowledgments of risk and safety
Incident
Responses
Informal responses
Formal system responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

Collection methodology

Most charge data is transferred electronically from the Western Australia Police. This data transfer includes a domestic violence and child abuse flag, indicating that the charges arose from circumstances of domestic violence and/or there was an element of child abuse.

For restraining orders, FDV related applications are identified using the relationship between parties information. Applicants identify the relationship between parties at the time they lodge the application. This is done on the application form.
Scope / target population

All persons against whom charges have been laid and applications have been made in respect of.

Coverage

Information about all proceedings within the Children’s Court of WA and the Magistrates Court of WA are included in this database.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

Western Australia. Full address of offender recorded.

Data available for:
Western Australia
Other - Court location
Other - for restraining orders, address of applicant and respondent can be extracted for further disaggregation, subject to quality and confidentiality constraints


Frequency / Timing

Updated continually

Ad hoc - FDV statistics produced on request only.

Collection history

Collection commenced: Full state-wide criminal data achieved April 2000 but metro coverage from 1995.

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Data from CHIPS are published in agency annual reports, although at this point in time, data relating to FDV or restraining orders are not regularly published. Access to this data may be available upon request. Requests for data from agencies or researchers will be assessed on their merits and availability of court resources to extract the data. Data are only released with approval from the head of jurisdiction.

Other data sources held by this agency

Victims Support Service Client Contact Case Management System (CCCMS)

Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.

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