Australian Bureau of Statistics
4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
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Data custodian: Victorian Department of Justice
Contact: Courts and Tribunals Unit
Address: GPO Box 4356, Melbourne, VIC, 3001
Telephone: 03 8608 6034
Facsimile: 03 8608 6000
To record the outcomes of applications for intervention orders under the Family Violence Act in the Victorian Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts, as a basis for analysis of court workloads, outcomes of applications for policy and legislation development purposes and as the basis of publications for the community.
The Courtlink database is the official register of the Magistrates’ and Children’s Courts of Victoria. An intervention order is a court order made under the Family Violence Protection Act 2008 where there is a family relationship or a person is or has been involved in a relationship.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
The Family Violence Protection Act (2008), defines family violence, including for the purposes of Intervention Order applications as:
Data prior to 2008 reflect the definition in the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987, section 4, which provides that a court may make an intervention order against a person, if on the balance of probabilities, the defendant had assaulted a family member or damaged their property, and was likely to do so again; threatened to assault a family member or damage their property and was likely to do so again; and/or harassed or molested a family member or behaved in an offensive manner toward them, and was likely to do so again.
A family member for the purpose of Family Violence Intervention applications includes any per son whom the affected family member regards or regarded as being ‘like’ a family member. For example, this may include carers of persons with a disability.
Aspects of FDV captured by the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
Data is entered into Courtlink by administrative staff at each court location in Victoria.
Scope / target population
People/children who apply for an intervention order under the Family Violence Act through the Magistrates’ Court/Children’s Court.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Data available for:
Local Government Area (LGA)
Frequency / Timing
Statistics published annually
Collection commenced: 1995
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination
Data relating to the number of family violence intervention order applications issued, orders finalised, changes over time and expenditure on Family Violence programs are published in Magistrate’s Court Annual reports. Courtlink data are also provided to the Victorian Family Violence Database.
Additional Family Violence Intervention data, held in data cubes, as part of the larger Lower Courts Database may be provided free upon request. Data are available from 2001.
Courtlink is not accessible to the general public and all information released from this database through other media or software, such as data cubes, have confidential information removed.
Other data sources held by this agency
Victorian Family Violence Database
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.
This page last updated 2 October 2013
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