4529.0 - Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013  
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MEASURING INCIDENT - EXPERIENCE

Potential units for analysis
In answering questions about the incident, information may be sourced from administrative records or surveys about the following counting units:

  • people - victims/perpetrators experience of family, domestic and sexual violence;
  • behaviours - in relation to incidents of family, domestic and sexual violence; and
  • characteristics of family, domestic and sexual violence incidents.
Questions to support research and policy priorities
  • What is the nature of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia? What are the characteristics of incidents of family, domestic and sexual violence?
  • What are the characteristics of victims of family, domestic or sexual violence? What are their experiences and their perceptions of family, domestic or sexual violence?
  • What are the characteristics of perpetrators of family, domestic or sexual violence? What are their experiences and their perceptions of family, domestic or sexual violence?
  • Are some population groups and age groups over-represented in incidents of family, domestic and sexual violence (as victims or as perpetrators)?
  • In what circumstances does family, domestic or sexual violence occur?
  • Are these changing over time? In what way?
  • Are there any common trigger events? If so what are they, and in what proportion of cases are they a factor?
  • Is there a common trajectory with family, domestic and sexual violence incidents; do they tend to escalate over time or do behaviours remain relatively stable?
  • Do some victims respond to a period of abuse with violence, thereby becoming a perpetrator themselves?
  • What proportion of family, domestic or sexual violence incidents involve secondary victims, e.g. children as witnesses?
  • What is known about incidents involving parents and children? Is there a correlation between these incidents, and those in which children are witnesses to abuse between parents?

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