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Definition of family and domestic violence
Relationship to Defining the data challenge for family, domestic and sexual violence (cat. no. 4529.0)
Family and domestic violence related content (data items collected)
Scope / Target population
Data availability / Dissemination
Other directory data sources held by this agency
COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE INFORMATION SYSTEM (CLSIS)
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|Collection type||Geographic coverage||Frequency||Data availability |
- Administrative by-product
- State/territory (all)
- Detailed publication/report publicly available
- Data cubes/ spreadsheets publicly available
- Customised data–charged consultancy 1
|Data custodian||Australian Government Attorney-General's Department |
|Contact ||Legal Assistance Branch |
|Address||3–5 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600|
|Telephone||02 6141 6666|
|Facsimile ||02 6141 4923|
|CLSIS records information about client access to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and Community Legal Services (CLS). |
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
|CLSIS captures demographic information about clients accessing community legal services and family violence prevention legal services as well as what assistance the client received and the type of legal problem that the client had. CLSIS also captures data about the number of law reform and legal policy activities undertaken by community legal centres. CLSIS captures information about public interest test cases, numbers of cases open, opened and closed during a particular period. CLSIS also includes a domestic violence indicator. Currently, data are only published in relation to Community Legal Services programs.|
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
|Family and Domestic Violence is defined by relevant legislation in the state or territory in which each Community Legal Service or Family Violence Prevention Legal Services operates. |
Operationally, a Family/Domestic Violence flag is used in CLSIS to indicate whether domestic violence is an issue in advice and casework.
Aspects of family and domestic violence included in the data are:
- physical abuse;
- sexual abuse;
- psychological /emotional abuse;
- verbal abuse;
- economic abuse;
- social abuse;
- property damage; and
- harassment and stalking
The summary table below is designed to indicate the amount of information available for each of the six elements outlined in Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0).
This is a subjective assessment made by the ABS about the data collected and is not an indication of data quality.
FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RELATED CONTENT (data items collected)
The following tables provide a detailed analysis of the availability of specified data elements in the data source. The data items have been grouped into four counting units:
3. Incident/Event; and
Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.
This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
 Data relates to Community Legal Services client. It is not possible to identify whether the client is a victim or offender.
 An 'other party' may be a child of the victim or offender; only name and contact details are available for 'other parties'. Incident/event
 Whether a repeat client. Transaction
All CLSIS data are de-identified. CLSIS data are collected through the Community Legal Service Program (CLS) and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) funding recipients.
SCOPE / TARGET POPULATION
|All clients accessing services provided by the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and the Community Legal Service Program (CLS) including victims and offenders.|
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
|Access to data may be provided free upon request. Access to some data may be restricted in accordance with data protocols. |
|Data is not routinely published, however, a range of reports are available upon request to the Department, which are subject to some restrictions (around organisation specific or worker specific reports).|
The Community Legal Service Information System (CLSIS) database has been used for data collection by Community Legal Services across Australia since 2003 and is a requirement of the funding Service Level Agreement.
Breaks in series:
It has been recommended that services enter past cases to ensure a complete client database.
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (IRIS)
Family Violence and Family Law in Australia: the experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post –1995 and post–2006
Shared care parenting arrangements since the 2006 Family Law Reforms: Report to the Australian Government Attorney General's Department