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Contents >> Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) Program, New South Wales

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ROUTINE SCREENING (DVRS) PROGRAM, NEW SOUTH WALES


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Victoria
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Western Australia
South Australia
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Regional
LGA
ASGC Remoteness
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More than annual
Annual
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DETAILED METADATA

Contact

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

Email: n/a

Internet: http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2007/dom_viol_snap.html

Publications

http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2004/routinescreen.html
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2005/routine_screeningfn.html
http://www.health.nsw.gov.au/pubs/2007/dom_viol_snap.html

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

Purpose

To monitor the Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) program and inform service development.

Description

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.

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
other
1






Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness
2



FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear
Prior history of victimisation / offending
Known outcome
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
1 Number of other referrals/notifications is collected. The breakdown of where referrals are made is not available.
2 Derived from type of health service attended

Data Item
Incident
Location
home
workplace
school/place of education/institution
public place
other




Relationship between partes
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


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

DV is defined according to New South Wales Health’s Domestic Violence policy as:

      Violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by an adult against a partner or former partner to control and dominate that person. Domestic violence causes fear, physical and/or psychological harm. It is most often violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour by a man against a woman. Living with domestic violence has a profound effect upon children and young people and constitutes a form of child abuse.

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:
    • Physical or other abuse
    • Psychological/emotional abuse (fear / being frightened)

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

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:
    • Are you safe to go home when you leave here? and
    • Would you like some assistance with this?

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.

Coverage

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

NSW

Data available for:
NSW
Other - Area Health Service; Some information available at Screening Facility level.

Frequency / Timing

One month snapshot each year
Annual

Collection history

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.

Other data sources held by this agency

n/a

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

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