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APPENDIX 4: UNDERSTANDING FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE DATA
3 Respondents who indicated they had experienced physical violence were asked for more information about their most recent experience, including their relationship to the perpetrator. If the respondent identified an intimate partner or family member as a perpetrator (see Figure 1.1), then they are considered to have experienced family and domestic violence. Respondents were able to identify more than one perpetrator where necessary.
Figure 1.1 Perpetrator types for family and domestic violence
4 A perpetrator may have been an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander person or a non-Indigenous person.
5 Family and domestic violence data is based on the respondent’s most recent experience of physical violence. This means some experiences of family and domestic violence are not included. It also means it is not possible to estimate the overall prevalence of family and domestic violence.
6 For example, a respondent may have experienced physical violence on two occasions in the last 12 months. On the first occasion, the perpetrator was the respondent’s boyfriend. On the second occasion, the perpetrator was a fellow student. This respondent is not included in the family and domestic violence data because the perpetrator in the most recent experience was not an intimate partner or family member.
7 Respondents were also asked whether they had experienced threats of physical violence. Those who had experienced threats of physical violence were not asked about their relationship to the perpetrator, so it is not possible to identify threats of physical violence made by intimate partners or family members. However, this information will be collected for the first time in the 2018-19 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health Survey (NATSIHS). Results from the NATSIHS are expected to be released in late 2019.
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