Australian Bureau of Statistics
4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
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Women’s Safety Survey, Australia, 1996 (cat. no. 4128.0)
ABS Cat. No. 4128.0 ISBN 0 642 23201 6
Microdata: Women's Safety Survey, Basic CURF, Australia, 1996 (cat. no. 4128.0.15.001)
Information was collected about women’s safety at home and in the community. In particular, information focused on women’s experience of physical and sexual violence by male and female perpetrators, the nature of violence, the actions women took after experiencing violence and the effect on their lives. The survey also collected information on incidents of stalking and harassment.
The survey was funded by the Office of the Status of Women (OSW) and the Commonwealth Department of Health and Family Services, both of which have responsibility for developing and implementing policies relating to women.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 The WSS cannot provide reliable information about the levels of violence experienced by Indigenous women because the number of Indigenous Women in the sample was small.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
The Women’s Safety Survey defines violence as any incident involving the occurrence, attempt or threat of either physical or sexual assault.
Physical assault involves the use of physical force with the intent to harm or frighten a woman. An attempt or threat to inflict physical harm is included only if a woman believes it is able and likely to be carried out. Sexual assault includes acts of a sexual nature carried out against a woman's will through the use of physical force, intimidation or coercion, or any attempts to do this. Unwanted sexual touching is excluded from sexual assault. Sexual threat involves the threat of an act of a sexual nature which the woman believes is able and likely to be carried out.
Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
A representative sample of women in private dwellings was selected. Both urban and rural areas were included in the sample. Due to the need for specific training and support for interviewers enumerating this survey, the size of the sample selected in rural and remote areas was reduced, while ensuring that the sample was fully representative of the Australian population.
Information was obtained from selected respondents by personal or telephone interview, or a combination of both. Interviewers received additional sensitivity and awareness training to increase their understanding and ability to deal with issues relating to violence against women. A specific requirement of this survey was that interviews had to be conducted alone.
The survey was not compulsory, and women were advised they were not under obligation to respond. Approximately 6,300 women completed the survey, representing a response rate of 78%.
Scope / target population
Women aged 18 years and over who were usual residents of randomly selected households.
Women aged 18 and over who were a usual resident of the selected household (private dwelling).
Women excluded from the survey include:
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
Limited data are available at State/Territory level
Frequency / Timing
Collection commenced: February - April 1996
Breaks in series: no
Other details: The Personal Safety Survey, first run in 2005 and due to be next run in 2012, builds on the WSS and provides more recent data.
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
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.
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