Australian Bureau of Statistics
4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
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Crime Victimisation, Australia 2008-09 (cat. no. 4530.0)
Microdata: Crime Victimisation, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2009-10 (cat. no. 4530.0.55.002)
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.
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:
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
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:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
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).
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:
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
Data available for:
City / region
Frequency / Timing
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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