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4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
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Contents >> Survey of Family Relationship Service Clients Australia, 2009

SURVEY OF FAMILY RELATIONSHIP SERVICE CLIENTS AUSTRALIA, 2009


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 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

Email: http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/contact.php

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

Publications

http://www.aifs.gov.au/institute/pubs/fle/

Purpose

To measure the extent of violence within Family Relationship Service Providers client population and client reports of response to violence.

Description

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:

      1. Has attending the service helped clients to build strong, healthy relationships?
      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
    their children?
      4. How easy or difficult was it to access the service (including referral pathways)?

Collection Type

Survey

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Respondent
(Victim1)
Secondary
victim1
Offender1
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment
Education
Income
Geography
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other
2
Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness
3



FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear





(when using the service)
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
Other personal data items

Outcomes of Family Dispute Resolution
1 Respondent is the person who used the Family Relationship Service and may or may not have experienced FDV. It is unknown whether the person is the primary or secondary victim or the offender.
2 Service type person is responding about only.
3 Not necessarily related to FDV.

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 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:
    - try to control you by either preventing you from contacting friends and family or preventing you from using a car or having knowledge about or access to family money;
    - 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:
  • Physical abuse
  • Psychological /emotional abuse
  • Verbal abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Social abuse
  • Property damage

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 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.

Coverage

Clients had to have consented to be contacted. Service providers excluded clients where there were safety concerns.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National

Data available for:
State/Territory (all)
Service location (but not client location)

Frequency / Timing

Once only

Collection history

Collection commenced: 2009

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Data are reported in the report Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms.

Other data sources held by this agency

Australian Temperament Project (ATP)
Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms Legislation and Courts Project, Australia
Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)
Longitudinal Study of Separated Families (LSSF)

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