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Contents >> National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey, 2011

NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE SURVEY, 2011


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
ACT
Northern Territory
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: Australian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Contact: Director, Diversity and Flexibility branch

Address: 50 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra, ACT, 2601

Telephone: 1300 363 079

Facsimile: n/a

Email: WorkplaceFlexibiltyTeam@deewr.gov.au

Internet: http://www.deewr.gov.au

Agency responsible for collecting the data: Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies, University of NSW & Micromex Research.

Contact for questions about the research: Ludo McFerran

Address: Australian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of NSW, Sydney, NSW, 2052

Telephone: (02) 9385 2990

Facsimile: (02) 9385 2993

Email: ludo.mcferran@unsw.edu.au

Internet: http://www.dvandwork.unsw.edu.au

http://www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au

Publications

http://www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au/PDF%20files/Domestic_violence_and_work_survey_report_2011.pdf

http://www.dvandwork.unsw.edu.au/research


Purpose

The National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey, 2011 provides a basis for better understanding the impact of domestic violence on the workplace. The survey also provides baseline data for future monitoring and evaluation of the improvements in working people’s ability to stay safely in their jobs as a result of the introduction and implementation of domestic violence workplace entitlements.

Description

The survey is part of a broader ‘Domestic Violence and Workplace Rights and Entitlements’ project undertaken by the Centre for Gender Related Violence studies at the University of NSW, with funding from the Commonwealth Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations. The project aims to reduce the impact on working people experiencing domestic violence by supporting them to stay in their jobs and consequently in their homes, primarily through the introduction of domestic violence clauses in workplace agreements nationally. The project also aims to improve the knowledge and capacity of unions and employer organisations to support employees experiencing domestic violence.

Collection Type

Survey

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)

Data Item
Respondent
(Victim1)
Secondary victim
Offender
Demographics
Age
Sex
Indigenous Status
Disability
Country of Birth
Language spoken
Employment

Employment status
Education
Income
Geography
Other

Union membership (including name of union).
Housing tenure (mortgaged; renting; social housing; other)
Personal data items
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other

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
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


2









Affected capacity to get to work.
Physical injury experienced.
How domestic violence impacted on work performance (time off; late; distracted/tired/ unwell; other).
Impact of violence at work as reported by co-workers (harassment via phone or email; harassment in person; conflict/tension with co-workers; other; no impact)
Other personal data items

Prevalence of domestic violence (personal experience; knowledge of someone in paid employment who has experienced it; knowledge of someone not in paid employment who has experienced it).
Whether still in relationship with the abusive/violent person.
Whether or not still living in family home.
Nature of violence experienced (physical injury or restraint; hiding or stealing keys or transportation money; refusal or failure to show up to care for children; personal documents hidden; threat of deportation; other).
Support in the workplace (unpaid time off; paid time off; changed/screened work numbers or email; alerted security staff; counselling referral; other; no support)
1 Respondent may or may not have experienced FDV.
2 Ever obtained a protection order.

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





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

When violence experience occurred (within last 12 months; more than 12 months ago).
Whether domestic violence continued at workplace;
Whether told co-workers about violence.
Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved

Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
1

Other

When violence experience occurred (within last 12 months; more than 12 months ago).
Whether domestic violence continued at workplace;
Whether told co-workers about violence.
1 Ever reported the violence to police.

Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

No single definition of domestic violence was applied in the survey. Questions asked about “your experience of domestic violence” and respondents were able to self-define, within the context of understandings of domestic violence in their community.

For the purposes of defining domestic violence in a domestic violence clause, the Domestic Violence and Workplace Rights and Entitlements’ project recommends that the definition in state or territory legislation in which the clauses will operate is the most appropriate.

Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:

    • Physical abuse
    • Sexual abuse
    • Psychological / emotional abuse
    • Verbal abuse
    • Economic abuse
    • Social abuse
    • Property damage
    • Harassment and stalking

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

Micromex Research was contracted to develop the questionnaire and conduct the survey on behalf of the researchers at the Centre for Gender Related Violence Studies, University of NSW.

Respondents sent accompanying letters informing them about the Project and assuring them that their participation was voluntary and information would be confidential. Respondents were also provided with information about domestic violence telephone and internet counselling services. Ethics approval for the research was granted by the University of NSW.

The survey was primarily conducted on-line. The Australian Education Union (Victorian Branch), the Australian Services Union (Victorian Authorities and Services Branch), National Tertiary Education Union, the NSW Nurses’ Association and the NSW Teachers Federation assisted in distributing the survey via email to their members.

The projected sample size was 1,000 and 3,611 completed responses were received, with a maximum sampling error of +/-1.6% at 95% confidence for the whole dataset. The maximum sampling error by partnership organisation was approximately +/-4.9% at 95% confidence.

Respondents were largely females (81%) aged 45 and over (64%) in full-time employment (65%) who were born in Australia (73%). Most respondents were members of the tertiary education or nursing unions (90%). The sample was not intended to be representative of the Australian population overall and no weighting has been applied.

The survey asked respondents whether or not they had experienced domestic violence in the previous 12 months or more than 12 months ago. If not, they were able to provide information about people they knew who had experienced domestic violence in the workplace. If they had neither direct nor indirect experience of domestic violence, they were asked two attitudinal questions.

Scope / target population

The target population was working Australians.

Coverage

Whilst a range of unions were approached to participate in the survey ultimately union members employed in the nursing, tertiary, teaching and services sectors responded.

People employed in other sectors, those who are self-employed and employees who were not members of the unions/ employee groups that assisted in the survey distribution were not included in the sample for practical reasons.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

National

Data available for:
Australia

Frequency / Timing

Once only.

Collection history

Collection commenced: February - July 2011

Breaks in series: n/a

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Published report.

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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