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WELCOME FROM THE DIRECTOR
Welcome to the latest edition of the National Centre for Crime and Justice Statistics (NCCJS) Newsletter. It has been another innovative and productive year for the NCCJS; in addition to the Centre’s regular suite of publications being released, there was also a focus on exploring two key recurring themes - fraud and family, domestic and sexual violence.
The latest article released as part of the In Focus: Crime and Justice Statistics series is entitled 'Victims of Personal Fraud: A Statistical Snapshot'. This article further examines the 2010-11 Personal Fraud Survey results and explores the relationships between socio-demographic characteristics and fraud victimisation. This additional analysis complements data from the 2010-11 Personal Fraud survey, which presents data from the second national survey of Australians’ experiences of personal fraud. The fraud topic is due to be run again for the 2014-15 Crime Victimisation Survey (cat. no. 4530.0).
The NCCJS has also continued its work exploring the issue of family, domestic and sexual violence over the past year, following the release of the Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics (cat.no.4533.0) in 2012. The Centre is currently working alongside government and non-government agencies to support the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children (2010-2022). The release of Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence (cat. no. 4529.0), is the first product aimed at strengthening the statistical information about family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia and will continue for the remainder of 2013 in the development of the National Data Collection and Reporting Framework.
Upcoming releases in relation to family, domestic and sexual violence by the Centre include a feature article on the topic of sexual violence using Recorded Crime -Victims, Australia, 2012 data, as well as results from the 2012 Personal Safety Survey (PSS). Both are scheduled for release in the second half of 2013, with further customised data services available on a consultancy basis.
The Centre has also continued to expand the data available for federal defendants, federal offenders and sentence quantum information. Information aimed at gaining an insight into people’s contact with and perceptions of the police, criminal courts and prisons in Australia, was also included for the first time in Crime Victimisation, Australia, 2011-12 (cat. no. 4530.0).
Other notable projects underway include the release of the Cybercrime Framework, which is soon to be in the final stages of consultation. This framework will provide the statistical building blocks needed to improve the evidence base for cybercrime in Australia. A review of the scope of the Corrective Services statistics program is also underway in consultation with a range of stakeholders, with the aim of ensuring the relevance of the collection for data users.
Information about our publications can be found on the ABS website via the Topics @ a Glance page. If you would like to receive a copy of the NCCJS Newsletter, you can visit the ABS Email Notification Service page to set up your free subscription. We are also happy to hear from you at <firstname.lastname@example.org> if you want any further information about the work of the Centre.
I hope you enjoy this edition of Crime and Justice News.