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4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
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Contents >> Tenancy Management System (TMS): Domestic and family violence related Priority Housing applications

TENANCY MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (TMS): DOMESTIC AND FAMILY VIOLENCE RELATED PRIORITY HOUSING APPLICATIONS, NT

DASHBOARD METADATA

Geographic Coverage
FrequencyData 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: Northern Territory Department of Housing, Local Government and Regional Services.

Contact: Senior Analyst Coordination and Reporting, Business, Strategy and Performance

Address: GPO Box 4621, Darwin, NT, 0801

Telephone: 08 8999 8489

Facsimile: 08 8999 8489

Email: n/a

Internet: http://www.housing.nt.gov.au/public_housing/priority_housing

Publications

No data published presently.


Purpose

The purpose of the domestic and family violence data collected in the Tenancy Management System is to inform the Northern Territory Government planning and policy in relation to priority housing needs of Territorians.

Description

In 1991, the Tenancy Management System was introduced to Territory Housing as a recording mechanism for public housing tenant information. Housing Services recognises the specific requirements of those escaping domestic and family violence, for safe, secure and affordable housing. As a provider of public housing, Housing Services’ role is to offer appropriate advice and assistance with accommodation to those people escaping violence and abuse. Domestic violence is a reason for priority housing consideration. It is not guaranteed that the priority application will be approved.

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
1
Labour force status
Education
1
Highest level
Income

All sources;
Main source; Assessable income
Geography

Address whilst on register
Other

Year of arrival in Australia;
Occupation 1
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
1 2
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












Domestic and Family Violence as reason for seeking priority housing access3
Other personal data items
1 recorded in hard copy only; not in TMS
2 indicates repeat client, not necessarily repeat victimisation as reasons for seeking housing assistance may differ in previous occasions.
3 TMS does not currently allow reasons for seeking priority housing access to be recorded electronically, however this information will be accessible electronically following an upgrade in late 2011.


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







Weapon use
type of weapon
Alcohol involved
Substance use involved
Physical injury sustained
type of injury
Reported to police
reasons for not reporting
Other

Information is also available about the:

    • number of dwellings allocated to non-government organisations (NGOs) supporting victims of Family and Domestic Violence (Industry Housing Dwellings);
    • number of safe rooms installed by Territory Housing for Family and Domestic Violence victims;
    • number and nature of modifications made to dwellings (including safe rooms) granted on a priority basis to Family and Domestic Violence victims;
    • value ($) of modifications made to dwellings.

Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

The definition of domestic and family violence used is consistent with the Northern Territory’s Domestic and Family Violence Act (2009).

Domestic and family related incidents include all incidents where the nature of the incident is between people in a ‘domestic relationship’, according to the definition in Section 9 of the Act. This definition includes intimate partners (who are married or unmarried, in de facto relationships, boyfriends, girlfriends, gay or straight) and violence between other members of a family, household or community.

Such incidents cover the range of behaviours described in Section 5 of the Act and include: conduct causing harm, for example, sexual or physical assault; damaging property, including the injury or death of an animal; emotional abuse; intimidation; financial deprivation; stalking; economic abuse; social isolation; and spiritual abuse or attempting or threatening to commit the above-mentioned conduct. It also includes child abuse and neglect.

Staff completing and assessing Priority Housing application forms apply the legislative definition of domestic and family violence (linked into the operational manual). By the time the person needs to make an application for Priority Housing, the domestic violence has been established and must be demonstrated in the application process by supporting documentation, e.g., from social worker, hospital, police report.

Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
  • Physical abuse
  • Sexual abuse
  • Psychological /emotional abuse
  • Economic abuse
  • Social abuse
  • Property damage
  • Harassment or stalking
  • Child abuse and neglect

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

Applicants must apply to be housed on a priority basis by completing an application form that is available from Housing Services Regional Offices. The form can be completed by the applicant or by a Housing Services Officer. Once the form is complete, the information is entered into the Tenancy Management System.

Scope / target population

All persons eligible for priority housing in the Northern Territory.

Coverage

Priority housing data is limited to urban priority housing applicants and does not include tenants already in public housing.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

Urban areas of Northern Territory.

Data available for:
Northern Territory
Other - Territory Housing’s Administrative Regions may be available subject to confidentiality.

Frequency / Timing

On-going collection.
Ad hoc – external reports are produced on request only

Collection history

Collection commenced: 1991

Breaks in series: no

Other details: Some data items have been added over time. For example, disability (2007); language spoken (2009).

Information captured on application forms in remote areas.
At the current time, information collected on the ‘Reason for applying for Priority Housing’ is not entered into the Tenancy Management System for remote area applications. This information is kept on hardcopy files only so extracting and compiling this information would be a resource intensive and time consuming exercise. There are plans to have this information available in the future.

In addition, information collected in remote areas is not entered into the Tenancy Management System but is managed independently in an interim database. There are plans to bring in remote public housing information into the Tenancy Management System.

Data availability / Dissemination

Data may be available on request.

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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