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Contents >> Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) Victoria Police

LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (LEAP) VICTORIA POLICE


DASHBOARD METADATA
Geographic CoverageFrequencyData Availability
National
New South Wales
Victoria
Queensland
Western Australia
South Australia
Tasmania
Northern Territory
ACT
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: Victoria Police

Contact: Corporate Statistics, Business Services Department

Address: Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008

Telephone: 03 9247 6703

Facsimile: 03 9247 6045

Email: CORPORATESTATISTICS-REQUESTS-MGR@police.vic.gov.au

Internet: http://www.police.vic.gov.au

Publications

http://www.police.vic.gov.au/content.asp?a=internetBridgingPage&Media_ID=59800

Purpose

To record information about criminal incidents reported to police for use in police crime management.

Description

The Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) online database is fully relational and stores information about all crimes bought to the notice of police as well as family incidents and missing persons. It also includes details on locations and persons involved.

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
Education
Income
Geography
Other
Personal data item
Services used / referrals to services
counselling
legal
financial
housing

crisis
other






Health factors
pregnancy
alcohol use / substance use
mental illness



1



FDV-related perceptions
satisfaction with police response
seriousness/ regarded as criminal
whether problem in neighbourhood
feelings of safety / fear








Prior history of victimisation / offending

Previous number of police visits (since December 2005)
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












Whether Family Violence Safety Notice issued;
Whether civil action taken
Other personal data items
1 Health information is recorded as part of the State-wide Family Violence Risk Assessment and Risk Management Framework’s risk and vulnerability indicators.

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

Number of recorded Family Incident reports


Definition of Family and Domestic Violence

Family Violence is defined in the Victoria Police Code of Practice for Investigation of Family Violence in accordance with the Family Violence Protection Act (2008). Family violence is defined as any behaviour, whether a criminal offence or not, that in any way controls or dominates a family member and causes them to feel fear for their own, or other family members’ safety or well-being. It includes violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour that occurs in current or former family, domestic or intimate relationships.

Family means any family or family-like relationship, including current and former intimate partners, relatives, same-sex partners and carers.

Data prior to 2008 reflects the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987, under which Victoria Police were required to complete a family incident report if officers attended any form of conflict between related parties as defined by the Act.

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

LEAP is a dynamic case management and data storage database designed primarily for operational policing purposes. Victoria Police update existing records with new information as it becomes available, and revise records when investigation identifies additional information. The Central Data Entry Bureau of Victoria Police also amends records when quality control checks identify inaccurate or incomplete information.

Only the most serious offence which best describes a distinct course of criminal conduct is recorded in official crime statistics, even though an offender may be charged with other offences resulting from the one incident.

Police officers are required to complete a family violence report when they attend a family violence incident. Since 1 September 2004 police officers are also required to complete a family violence risk assessment report and these are available on LEAP from 9 December 2005.

Scope / target population

Victims of reported crime. Offenders, Missing persons, Persons involved in family incidents.

Coverage

Only those offences which become known to police and for which a crime report has been completed are included in the statistics.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation

Victoria. Full address recorded

Data available for:
Victoria
Local Government Area (LGA)
Police Service Area

Frequency / Timing

Updated continually and downloaded daily for statistical purposes
Detailed crime statistics are published annually

Collection history

Collection commenced: 9 December 2005

Breaks in series: no

Other details: n/a

Data availability / Dissemination

Data are published regularly on the Victoria police website and in annual reports. Data are also provided to the Victorian Family Violence Database.

Additional data may be available on request, excluding current financial year data.

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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