Australian Bureau of Statistics
4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011
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Data custodian: Department of the Attorney General, Western Australia
Contact: Courts and Tribunal Services
Address: International House, 26 St Georges Terrace, Perth, WA, 6000
Telephone: 08 9425 2222
FDV data items are not routinely published.
To record details of criminal charges lodged in the Children’s and Magistrates Courts and some civil applications, principally restraining order applications, their proceedings and outcomes. Criminal offence information and other data necessary to process and manage restraining order applications is recorded.
Information is recorded in Children’s Court and Petty Sessions system (CHIPS) and stored in the data Warehouse, called ‘Courts Data Mart’ in summarised form.
Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
2 For data relating to restraining orders, which are civil proceedings, this refers to the respondent in the application, rather than an offender.
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family and domestic violence is defined by the Magistrate’s court for policy purposes as:
The Acts Amendment (Family and Domestic Violence) Act 2004 defines Family and Domestic Violence for the purpose of restraining orders as:
one of the following acts that a person commits against another person with whom he or she is in a family and domestic relationship —
(c) damaging the person’s property, including the injury or death of an animal that is the person’s property;
(d) behaving in an ongoing manner that is intimidating, offensive or emotionally abusive towards the person;
(e) pursuing the person or a third person, or causing the person or a third person to be pursued-
(i) with intent to intimidate the person; or
(ii) in a manner that could reasonably be expected to intimidate, and that does in fact intimidate, the person;
(f ) threatening to commit any act described in paragraphs (a) to (c) against the person.
A family or domestic relationship is defined to include current or former intimate partners, persons who are related and children who ordinarily reside with a person.
Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
Most charge data is transferred electronically from the Western Australia Police. This data transfer includes a domestic violence and child abuse flag, indicating that the charges arose from circumstances of domestic violence and/or there was an element of child abuse.
For restraining orders, FDV related applications are identified using the relationship between parties information. Applicants identify the relationship between parties at the time they lodge the application. This is done on the application form. Scope / target population
All persons against whom charges have been laid and applications have been made in respect of.
Information about all proceedings within the Children’s Court of WA and the Magistrates Court of WA are included in this database.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Western Australia. Full address of offender recorded.
Data available for:
Other - Court location
Other - for restraining orders, address of applicant and respondent can be extracted for further disaggregation, subject to quality and confidentiality constraints
Frequency / Timing
Ad hoc - FDV statistics produced on request only.
Collection commenced: Full state-wide criminal data achieved April 2000 but metro coverage from 1995.
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination
Data from CHIPS are published in agency annual reports, although at this point in time, data relating to FDV or restraining orders are not regularly published. Access to this data may be available upon request. Requests for data from agencies or researchers will be assessed on their merits and availability of court resources to extract the data. Data are only released with approval from the head of jurisdiction.
Other data sources held by this agency
Victims Support Service Client Contact Case Management System (CCCMS)
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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