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4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
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Contents >> Crime Victimisation

CRIME VICTIMISATION, AUSTRALIA


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
Northern Territory
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: Australian Bureau of Statistics

Contact: National Information and Referral Service

Address: Locked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT, 2616

Telephone: 1300 135 070

Facsimile: 1300 135 211

Email: client.services@abs.gov.au

Internet: http://www.abs.gov.au

Publications

Crime Victimisation, Australia 2008-09 (cat. no. 4530.0)
Microdata: Crime Victimisation, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4530.0.55.002)

Purpose

To provide national estimates for victims of a selected range of personal and household crimes, whether victims reported these incidents to police, characteristics of victims and characteristics of their most recent incident and people’s perceptions of safety and problems in their neighbourhood. It provides headline indicators about the prevalence of victimisation in Australia for incidents that occurred over a 12 month period before the date of interview in 2008-09.

Please note: Crime Victimisation does not specifically collect information relating to family and domestic violence however it does have relevant data items such as relationship of offender, whether living with the offender at the time of the incident and location. These data items, when cross tabulated with other information provide a proxy for family and domestic violence.

Description

Crime Victimisation data were collected as part of the Multipurpose Household Survey (MPHS) for the 2008-09 financial year. This survey is designed to collect statistics for a number of small, self-contained topics, including labour topics and other social and economic subjects. For example, the topics collected in 2008-09 were:

    • education, personal and household income, and occupation and industry of current
    • job (core topics)
    • crime victimisation
    • barriers and incentives to labour force participation
    • retirement and retirement intentions and
    • household use of information technology.

Collection Type

Survey

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Respondent
(Victim1)
Secondary victim
Offender
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment

Labour force status; Full-time/part-time status
Education

Highest year of school completed;
Highest level;
Main field of highest educational attainment;
Highest non-school qualification
Income

Household;
Self;
Couple;
Main source
Geography

Usual area of residence
Other

Index of socio-economic disadvantage - deciles;
Marital status
Personal data items
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

Number of times occurred
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












Other personal data items
1 Respondent may or may not have experienced FDV.

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other






(not specified)
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







Weapon use
type of weapon

Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury

Reported to police
reasons for not reporting

Other


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Family and Domestic Violence is defined by the survey questions, which ask only about physical assault and face-to-face threatened assault.

Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
  • Physical abuse.

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

The MPHS is conducted throughout Australia as a supplement to the Labour Force Survey and interviews are conducted predominantly by telephone. One randomly selected person per household, aged 15 years or over, was asked about whether they or their household experienced selected personal or household crimes, providing information about incidents that occurred over a 12-month period before the date of interview during 2008-09. Sexual assault data were collected from people aged 18 years or over.

Scope / target population

People aged 15 years and over (both male and female) who are a usual resident in the selected dwelling (scope is taken from the Labour Force Survey and modified for the MPHS).

Coverage

Members of the permanent defence forces, certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from census and estimated resident populations, overseas residents in Australia, members of non-Australian defence forces (and their dependents) are excluded.

The MPHS also excludes:
    • people living in very remote parts of Australia;
    • people living in non-private dwellings such as hotels, university residences;
    • students at boarding schools;
    • patients in hospitals;
    • residents of homes (e.g. retirement homes, homes for persons with disabilities, women’s shelters); and
    • inmates of prisons.

The 2008-09 MPHS was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories but excluded people living in very remote parts of Australia. The exclusion of these people is expected to have only a minor impact on any aggregate estimates that are produced for individual states and territories, except in the Northern Territory where such people account for around 23% of the population.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National

Data available for:
Australia
State/Territory (all)
City / region

Frequency / Timing

Annual

Collection history

Collection commenced: July 2008 - June 2009

Breaks in series: no

Other details: Outcomes from a review of this collection in 2006-07 have resulted in a major redesign of the ABS national Crime Victimisation Survey. Previously, the ABS conducted a national Crime and Safety Survey on a three-yearly basis; latest results from this survey were published in Crime and Safety, Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 4509.0).

The redeveloped Crime Victimisation Survey has resulted in improved methodology, more timely headline indicators about the level of crime victimisation in Australia and flexibility to cater for new and emerging areas of crime. As a result of changes to methodology there is a break in series and data is not comparable to previous data about crime victimisation in the above publication.

Data availability / Dissemination

The main publication and state/territory data cubes for selected data items can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS website.

Microdata are available in the form of a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Information about how to apply for microdata is available on the ABS website. Additional tailored tables, providing more detail, or data items not included in the publication are available on request as a 'user pays' service.

Other data sources held by this agency

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey
Personal Safety Survey
Women’s Safety Survey

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

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