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Data custodian: Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS)
Contact: Deputy Director (Research)
Address: Level 20, South Tower, 485 La Trobe St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Telephone: 03 9214 7888
Facsimile: 03 9214 7839
To measure the extent of violence within Family Relationship Service Providers client population and client reports of response to violence.
The survey sought to explore the extent to which the new and expanded services have contributed to the core policy objectives of the reforms and explored the following broad research questions:
2. For those parents who have separated, has attending the service helped to encourage greater involvement by both parents in their children’s lives?
3. Has attending the service helped separating parents agree on parenting arrangements for
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 Service type person is responding about only.
3 Not necessarily related to FDV.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family and Domestic Violence is defined in this survey by the following question:
“Before you went to the [service] did [your current partner/ex-partner/the family member you went to the [service] about/ your grandchild’s/ grandchildren’s parents] ever:
- threaten to harm you, themselves or others (including pets);
- seriously put you down or insult you; or
- physically hurt you.”
Family and Domestic Violence is also operationally defined as clients of Specialised Family Violence Services as these Services provide counselling and support for families who are experiencing, or are at risk of, violence.
Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
The Survey of Family Relationship Service Provider Clients 2009 was undertaken during September and October 2009. Clients who had attended services between January 2008 and April 2009 and had agreed to be contacted by the service provider for research purposes were invited to complete the survey online or via a telephone interview. 17.6% of respondents were interviewed by telephone.
Respondents were selected using a stratified random sample within most service types, but clients who attended more than 1 service type were sampled into the service they attended that had the smallest number of clients.
Scope / target population
Family Relationship Service Program Clients attending Services from January 2008 to April 2009 who agreed to be recontacted by their services for research purposes.
Clients had to have consented to be contacted. Service providers excluded clients where there were safety concerns.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
Service location (but not client location)
Frequency / Timing
Collection commenced: 2009
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination