Many potential data sources are useful in relation to the element of 'Incident/Experience'. These include, crime and justice sources, health and welfare sectors, child protection authorities (in relation to child sexual abuse, and as a source of information regarding children witnessing violence) and sources of administrative by-product data from service providers as well as targeted telephone help lines (such as 1800 RESPECT).
A basic set of socio-demographic information about victims and perpetrators may include:
- age, at time of incident/time of reporting;
- marital status;
- family type, household type;
- membership of population groups of interest;
- Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander status;
- ethnicity, identified through proficiency in spoken english, ancestry, country of birth, and/or year of arrival in Australia;
- employment status;
- socioeconomic status;
- living arrangements at time of incident; and
- educational attainment.
Other information related to an incident and common to understanding of both victim and perpetrator, include:
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- substance use/abuse associated with incident;
- mental health;
- previous family, domestic and sexual violence victimisation;
- location of the violent event;
- prior offence history of perpetrator; and
- nature of the relationship between victim and perpetrator.