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4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
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Contents >> Safe at Home Information Management System (SIMS), Tasmania

SAFE AT HOME INFORMATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (SIMS), TASMANIA


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
Australian Capital 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: Tasmania Department of Justice (DoJ)

Contact: Strategic Policy and Projects Branch

Address: GPO Box 825, Hobart, TAS, 7001

Telephone: 03 6233 2310

Facsimile: 03 6233 3705

Email: safeathome@justice.tas.gov.au

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

Publications

http://www.safeathome.tas.gov.au/pubs/SAH_Final_Report_FINAL_240609.pdf

Purpose

To assist with case coordination and record management of Family Violence cases within the State.

Description

Safe at Home Information Management System (SIMS) was designed to facilitate the efficient transfer of information pertinent to the management of risk and safety between Safe at Home services. Safe at Home services include: Police Prosecution; Tasmania Police Victim Safety Response Teams, Court Support and Liaison Service, Family Violence Counselling & Support Service, Defendant Health Liaison Service; Child Protection; and the Family Violence Offender Intervention Program. The system includes incident data as well as information generated at weekly case coordination meetings attended by Safe at Home services and by case managers in the course of their duties.

Collection Type

Administrative by-product

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

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

One of four districts

One of four districts

One of four districts
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
Other personal data items

Case coordination responsibilities (all parties are treated as one case);
Whether cases are active (reviewed weekly), inactive or closed;
Number of incidents
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
1

Other
1 All cases reported to police.


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Family and Domestic Violence is defined as per the Family Violence Act 2004. Family violence means:
(a) any of the following types of conduct committed by a person, directly or indirectly, against that person’s spouse or partner:
(i) assault, including sexual assault;
(ii) threats, coercion, intimidation or verbal abuse;
(iii) abduction;
(iv) stalking within the meaning of section 192 of the Criminal Code;
(v) attempting or threatening to commit conduct referred to in subparagraph (i), (ii), (iii) or (iv); or
(b) any of the following:
(i) economic abuse;
(ii) emotional abuse or intimidation;
(iii) contravening an external family violence order, an interim FVO, an FVO or a PFVO.

Operationally, incidents are classified as either: Family Violence, Family Argument, or Other.

Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:

    • Physical abuse
    • Sexual abuse
    • Psychological / Emotional abuse
    • Verbal abuse
    • Economic abuse
    • Social abuse
    • Property damage
    • Harassment and stalking

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

SIMS is maintained by the Department of Justice, however all Safe at Home services and their staff have access to the system and can input data. Safe at Home Services are provided by the Departments of Health and Human Services, Police and Emergency Management and Justice. Hence, information is shared between services and departments. A case record is created by the electronic transfer of incident related data from the Family Violence Management System maintained by Tasmania Police. All family violence incidents and arguments attended by operational Police are recording in the FVMS system and the data is transferred to SIMS. This information is mandatory.

Scope / target population

Adult and child victims and perpetrators of family violence.

Coverage

n/a

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

Tasmania

Data available for:
Tasmania
Regions

Frequency / Timing

Updated continually
Ad hoc - Statistics produced on request only

Collection history

Collection commenced: September 2005

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

The data is not routinely publically available but may be made available to researchers upon request.

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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