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4529.0 - Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence. , 2009  
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 18/05/2009  First Issue
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Measures of the current risk of FDV can be estimated by using data on past levels of, or exposure to, FDV. Key measures required for a defined population, per defined time period, since a defined age, are:

  • Number of people who have experienced FDV directly or indirectly, disaggregated by age etc;
  • Prevalence rates for victimisation;
  • Number of people who have committed FDV-related offences;
  • Prevalence rates for offending;
  • Number of incidents of FDV;
  • Incidence rates (for victimisation and for perpetration); and
  • Prevalence rates for people with different characteristics who may have been exposed to some mediating effect/s.

Research/policy questions
  • How big is the problem of FDV in Australia?
  • Does the size of the problem vary across different populations groups or communities?
  • Does the risk or likelihood of being a victim/perpetrator of FDV increase or decrease significantly through engagement with services, programs and support?
  • How likely is it that Australians will be a victim of FDV?
  • How likely is it that Australians will be a repeat victim of FDV, and who is likely to experience repeat victimisation?
  • How likely is it that Australians will commit FDV-related offences?
  • How likely is it that Australians will be a repeat offender of FDV, and who is likely to re-commit these offences?
  • What are the characteristics of particular sub-populations that place them at more or less risk of FDV?
  • Is there change over time?
  • Are victims more likely to repeatedly form relationships that are characterised by violence?
  • Is FDV self-perpetuating? Are victims and witnesses of FDV more likely to become future victims or perpetrators of FDV?

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