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4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
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Contents >> Queensland Wide Inter-linked Courts (QWIC)

QUEENSLAND WIDE INTER-LINKED COURTS (QWIC)


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: Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General

Contact: Courts Performance and Reporting Unit

Address: Brisbane Magistrates Court, Level 9, 363 George St, GPO Box 1649, Brisbane, QLD, 4001

Telephone: 07 3247 5664

Facsimile: n/a

Email: courtstats@justice.qld.gov.au

Internet: http://www.justice.qld.gov.au

Publications

http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/1340.htm

Purpose

To record outcomes of criminal court appearances.

Description

Queensland Wide Inter-linked Courts (QWIC) records details of court appearances (e.g. dates, court location of appearance) for criminal matters as well as outcomes of court appearances (e.g. sentences). In terms of domestic violence criminal offences, only breaches of DV orders are able to be identified. Other domestic violence related offences (e.g. assaults) are not able to be identified as to whether or not they relate to domestic violence.

QWIC also records information relating to applications for DV orders (e.g. date of court appearance, result of court appearance, orders made, etc.). There is no link in the system between criminal matters and applications for DV orders. There is also no ‘single person identifier’ in QWIC, therefore history of offending is not available.

Collection Type

Administrative by-product

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Victim
Secondary victim
Offender
Demographics
Age
1
Sex
1
Indigenous Status
1
Disability
Country of Birth
1
2
Language spoken
Employment
1
Education
Income
Geography

Court location where application was heard1

Court location where charge was heard
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
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

3
3








3
Type of application (e.g. protection order; temporary protection order; vary protection order; revoke protection order)
Outcome of application (e.g. upheld; dismissed)
Other personal data items

Criminal offences including breach of domestic violence orders
1 Available for DV applications only. Not available for criminal offences.
2 If lodged in Queensland.
3 Place of birth if provided by Queensland Police.
4 However, there is no link on QWIC between DV application matters and breach of DV orders (i.e. criminal matters).

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
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 Domestic and Family violence Protection Act 1989. The Act covers physical, emotional and financial violence and abuse committed in spousal, intimate personal, family and informal care relationships.

Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:

    • Physical abuse
    • Sexual abuse
    • Psychological / Emotional abuse
    • Economic 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

Matters are entered into the QWIC system and finalised by a clerk. A registrar then verifies the finalisation and all details on QWIC by ticking the ‘verified’ box. Only ‘verified’ records can be accessed for statistical purposes.
Scope / target population

Criminal defendants in Queensland courts and applicants and respondents in DV order application matters.

Coverage

n/a

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

Queensland courts

Data available for:
Queensland
Court location

Frequency / Timing

Updated continually
Data published annually

Collection history

Collection commenced: October 2000

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Data is published in court annual reports. Access to unpublished data may be available on request. A data request form can be downloaded from: http://www.courts.qld.gov.au/media-and-the-public/courts-statistical-information

Legislative restrictions affect the information that can be provided. These include requests for data containing personal information, which will be referred to the Right to Information and Privacy Unit for assessment.

Note that Queensland Department of Communities also reports QWIC data in its role administering Domestic Violence legislation.
http://www.communityservices.qld.gov.au/violenceprevention/documents/strategy-to-reduce-violence.pdf
http://www.communityservices.qld.gov.au/violenceprevention/documents/alternative-and-improved-responses-to-domestic-and-family-violence-in-queensland-indigenous-communities.pdf

Other data sources held by this agency

n/a

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


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