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Contents >> COURTLINK - Victorian Magistrates' and Children's Court

COURTLINK - VICTORIAN MAGISTRATES' AND CHILDREN'S COURT


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
ACT
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: Victorian Department of Justice

Contact: Courts and Tribunals Unit

Address: GPO Box 4356, Melbourne, VIC, 3001

Telephone: 03 8608 6034

Facsimile: 03 8608 6000

Email: courtsnational.reporting@justice.vic.gov.au

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

Publications

http://www.magistratescourt.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/justlib/Magistrates+Court/resources/9/b/9b52a98044361458b047f348e314eb2b/Annual_Report_09-10.pdf

http://www.justice.vic.gov.au/wps/wcm/connect/DOJ+Internet/Home/Crime/Research+and+Statistics/JUSTICE+-+Victorian+Family+Violence+Database+-+Nine+Year+Report+-+PDF

Purpose

To record the outcomes of applications for intervention orders under the Family Violence Act in the Victorian Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts, as a basis for analysis of court workloads, outcomes of applications for policy and legislation development purposes and as the basis of publications for the community.

Description

The Courtlink database is the official register of the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria. An intervention order is a court order made under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 where there is a family relationship or a person is or has been involved in a relationship.

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
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis






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

Number of applications
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
Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other
1
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
1 Information about location may be recorded as free text, however this is hard to extract and compile for statistical use.


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

The Family Violence Protection Act (2008), defines family violence, including for the purposes of Intervention Order applications as:

    Violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour in current or past familial, domestic or intimate relationships. This encompasses not only physical injury but direct or indirect threats, sexual assault, emotional and psychological torment, economic control, property damage, social isolation and behaviour which causes a person to live in fear. Family violence is committed primarily, though not exclusively, by men against women. This definition encompasses violence against children and between siblings and is not limited to criminal behaviours as identified in the Victorian Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987.

Data prior to 2008 reflect the definition in the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987, section 4, which provides that a court may make an intervention order against a person, if on the balance of probabilities, the defendant had assaulted a family member or damaged their property, and was likely to do so again; threatened to assault a family member or damage their property and was likely to do so again; and/or harassed or molested a family member or behaved in an offensive manner toward them, and was likely to do so again.

A family member for the purpose of Family Violence Intervention applications includes any per son whom the affected family member regards or regarded as being ‘like’ a family member. For example, this may include carers of persons with a disability.

Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
    • Physical abuse
    • Sexual abuse
    • Psychological / Emotional abuse
    • Verbal abuse
    • Economic abuse
    • Social abuse
    • Property damage
    • Harassment and stalking
    • Numbers and Outcomes of applications for Intervention Orders

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

Data is entered into Courtlink by administrative staff at each court location in Victoria.

Scope / target population

People/children who apply for an intervention order under the Family Violence Act through the Magistrates’ Court/Children’s Court.

Coverage

n/a

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

Victoria

Data available for:
Victoria
Local Government Area (LGA)

Frequency / Timing

Updated continually
Statistics published annually

Collection history

Collection commenced: 1995

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Data relating to the number of family violence intervention order applications issued, orders finalised, changes over time and expenditure on Family Violence programs are published in Magistrate’s Court Annual reports. Courtlink data are also provided to the Victorian Family Violence Database.

Additional Family Violence Intervention data, held in data cubes, as part of the larger Lower Courts Database may be provided free upon request. Data are available from 2001.

Courtlink is not accessible to the general public and all information released from this database through other media or software, such as data cubes, have confidential information removed.

Other data sources held by this agency

Victorian Family Violence Database

Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.

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