Australian Bureau of Statistics
4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2011 First Issue
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Data custodian: New South Wales Department of Health
Contact: Manager, Violence Prevention and Responses
Address: Locked Mail Bag 961, North Sydney, NSW, 2059, Australia
Telephone: 02 9391 9000
Facsimile: 02 9391 9101
New South Wales Health Routine for Domestic Violence Program Snapshot Report: November 2003
Routine screening for domestic violence program - Snapshot report 2
Routine Screening for Domestic Violence Program - Snapshot report 3, November 2005 Snapshot report 4, November 2006
To monitor the Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) program and inform service development.
This is an annual one month data collection snapshot for the DVRS Program.
The New South Wales Health Policy and Procedures for Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence (2003, revised 2006) required the introduction of routine screening of eligible women for domestic violence in the antenatal, early childhood health, mental health, and alcohol and other drugs services program streams by the end of 2004. The screening format has been provided by the New South Wales Department of Health. Other services in addition to the four target program areas may also screen.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 Derived from type of health service attended
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
DV is defined according to New South Wales Health’s Domestic Violence policy as:
The questions asked in the screening process are:
Q1 Within the last year have you been hit, slapped or hurt in other ways by your partner or ex-partner?
Q2 Are you frightened of your partner or ex-partner?
Aspects of Family and Domestic Violence captured by this database are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
Annual one month data collection snapshots are undertaken between 1-30 November. Each screening facility completes a data collection proforma, provided by the NSW Department of Health. Proformas are submitted to the Area Health Service for collating into program areas and sign-off.
Women can have more than one action taken on their behalf and are counted against each type of action taken (e.g. Police notifications, Department of Community Services reports, and numbers of referrals to any service. Similarly, individual women may be referred to more than one service, and thus counted more than once in the total number of other referrals.
Women who answer ‘yes’ to either or both screening questions are then asked:
Scope / target population
“Eligible women”, that is, all women attending antenatal and early childhood services, and women aged 16 and over attending mental health, alcohol and other drugs, or other services.
Some “eligible women” may not be screened, or screening may not be completed for reasons including ‘presence of partner’, ‘presence of others’, declined to answer question, or other reasons (eg lack of private space, interruption, domestic violence already identified therefore screening was not necessary etc.).
Note that services may count ‘eligible women’ differently, eg new clients only.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
Other - Area Health Service; Some information available at Screening Facility level.
Frequency / Timing
One month snapshot each year
Collection commenced: 2003
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination
Data can be provided free upon request. Data collection snapshot reports are electronically available for 2003 – 2006. Expected date of publications for 2007-2009 is 2011.
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This page last updated 28 March 2012
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