4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013  
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Description
Definition of family and domestic violence
Relationship to Defining the data challenge for family, domestic and sexual violence (cat. no. 4529.0)
Family and domestic violence related content (data items collected)
Collection methodology
Scope / Target population
Coverage
Data availability / Dissemination
Publications
Collection history
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NATIONAL DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AND THE WORKPLACE SURVEY, 2011


DASHBOARD METADATA

Collection typeGeographic coverageFrequencyData availability
  • Survey
  • National
  • Once only
  • Detailed publication/ report publicly available


DETAILED METADATA

Contact details:

Data custodianAustralian Government Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations
Contact Director, Diversity and Flexibility branch
Address50 Marcus Clarke St, Canberra, ACT 2601
Telephone1300 363 079
Facsimile n/a
EmailWorkplaceFlexibilityTeam@deewr.gov.au
Internethttp://www.deewr.gov.au
Source linkhttp://www.adfvc.unsw.edu.au/PDF%20files/Domestic_violence_and_work_survey_report_2011.pdf

Data enquiries:

ContactLudo McFerran
AddressAustralian Domestic and Family Violence Clearinghouse, University of NSW & Micromex Research
Emailludo.mcferran@unsw.edu.au
Internethttp://www.dvandwork.unsw.edu.au
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.

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; and
  • harassment and stalking.

RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)

The summary table below is designed to indicate the amount of information available for each of the six elements outlined in Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0).This is a subjective assessment made by the ABS about the data collected and is not an indication of data quality.

Conceptual Framework
Amount of Information Available
Element/Sub–element
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental factors
Psycho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Incident/event
Responses
Formal responses
Informal responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation

FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RELATED CONTENT (data items collected)
The following tables provide a detailed analysis of the availability of specified data elements in the data source. The data items have been grouped into four counting units:

1. Context;
2. Person;
3. Incident/Event; and
4. Transaction.

Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.

Context

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)
Community perceptions
Neighbourhood problems
Feelings of safety/fear
Social connectedness/networks
Other (knowledge of someone who has experienced family and domestic violence)
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence.
Person

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)
Residential location
Age
Sex
Indigenous status
Disability status
Country of birth
Language spoken
Employment status
Education
Income
Socio-economic status
Mental illness
Other: (housing tenure; union member)
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence.
Incident/event

Data Items
Available
Location of incident/event
Residential location
Workplace
Educational institution
Public Place
Other Location
Relationship between parties
Current partner
Previous partner
Boyfriend/girlfriend/date
Parent
Child
Sibling
Other relatives
Other member of household
Personal/financial dependency
Other (violence occurred or continued at workplace within last 12 months
Whether told co workers about violence; whether still in relationship with the absusive/violent person)
Other Characteristics
Weapon used
Type of weapon
Physical Injury sustained
Type of injury sustained
Pregnancy
Alcohol/substance use
Prior history of victimisation/offending
Change to routine
Time off work/economic costs
Perceptions of behaviour as criminal
Other (nature of violence; support in the workplace)
Transaction

Data Items
Available
Detection
Reported to police
1
Reasons not reported to police
Satisfaction with police response
Application for violence order
Violence order issued
2
Offender charged
Offender went to court
Offender sentence type
Child protection involvement
Other
Formal support
Services used/ referral to services
Medical treatment/type
Counselling
Legal
Financial
Housing/accommodation
Crisis
Other (Family/community centre)
Informal Support
Family/friends
Minister/priest
Telephone service
Other (co-workers)

[1] Ever reported to police.
[2] Ever obtained a protection order.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.

DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION

Published report.

PUBLICATIONS

Safe at home, Safe at work? National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey (2011)

COLLECTION HISTORY

Collection commenced: February–July 2011

Break in series: n/a

Other details: n/a

OTHER DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
n/a