4906.0 - Personal Safety, Australia, 2012  
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PREVALENCE OF VIOLENCE DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS - DISABILITY STATUS


The 2012 PSS collected information to determine whether or not someone had a disability or long term health condition at the time of the survey (refer to Endnote 2 for further detail). Table 11 shows men's and women's experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey by their disability status at the time of the survey.

There was no statistically significant difference between persons aged 18 years and over with and without a disability or long term health condition at the time of the survey and their likelihood of experiencing violence in the 12 months prior to the survey (refer Table 11). Refer to Endnote 1 for an explanation of significance testing.


WOMEN'S EXPERIENCE OF VIOLENCE DURING THE LAST 12 MONTHS BY DISABILITY STATUS

Of all women aged 18 years and over with a disability or long term health condition at the time of the survey, 6% had experienced violence in the 12 months prior to the survey (169,600 women) (refer Table 11.1).

There were no statistically significant difference between women in each of the different disability status groups and their likelihood of experiencing violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. Refer to Endnote 1 for an explanation of significance testing.


FURTHER INFORMATION

Women's experience of violence during the last 12 months by disability type

Table 11.2 also shows women's experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey by disability types (refer to Endnote 2 for further detail).

Men's experience of violence during the last 12 months by disability status

It was not possible to provide the same level of detailed information for men with a disability or long term health condition as for women. Many of the detailed estimates for men with a disability or long term health condition and their experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey are subject to very high sampling error and are generally considered too unreliable for general use. For further details refer to Survey Design in the Explanatory notes and the Technical Note.

Prevalence of violence since the age of 15 by disability status

As the PSS did not establish whether a disability or long term health condition was present at the time of experiencing violence, the survey is not able to determine whether violence experienced, particularly since age 15, occurred with the presence of the disability or long term health condition. A person's current disability status (as determined at the time of survey) may bear no correlation with what would have been their characteristics at the time of experiencing the violence. For these reasons data has not been presented in this manner. For further information refer to Microdata Chapter Using the CURF.


ENDNOTES

Endnote 1
All differences and changes mentioned have been tested for statistical significance with a 95% level of confidence that there is a real difference in the two populations being tested. To determine whether there is a statistical difference between any other two estimates, significance testing should be undertaken. For further information, refer to the Technical Note.

Endnote 2
Disability status:
A person was defined as having a disability or long-term health condition if they had one or more conditions which had lasted, or were likely to last, for six months or more, and that restricted every day activities. People were identified as having a profound or severe core activity limitation if they required help or supervision for one or more core activities, such as self-care, mobility or communication. For further information refer to the Glossary.

As noted in the Introduction, a specific requirement of the PSS was that interviews were conducted in private. Where a respondent required the assistance of another person to communicate with the interviewer, interviews were not able to be conducted. Therefore it is likely that the PSS will under represent those with a profound or severe communication disability.

In addition, the scope of the PSS is persons living in a private dwelling. Therefore the PSS also excludes people with a disability who usually reside in non-private dwellings such as care facilities.


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