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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
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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SOCIAL SURVEY (NATSISS)
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|Collection type||Geographic coverage||Frequency||Data availability |
- State/territory (all)
- ASGC Remoteness
- Detailed publication/report publicly available
- Data cubes/ spreadsheets publicly available
- Customised data - charged consultancy 1
|Data custodian||Australian Bureau of Statistics|
|Contact ||National Information and Referral Service|
|Address||Locked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT 2616|
|Telephone||1300 135 070|
|Facsimile ||1300 135 211|
The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) provides broad information across key areas of social concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians nationally, by state and territory and remoteness area.
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
|The 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from August 2008 to April 2009 with a sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. Information from the 2008 NATSISS contributes to existing data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the formulation of government policies and legislation.|
It provides information on a range of demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators, including: personal and household characteristics; geography; language and cultural activities; social networks and support; health and disability; education; employment; financial stress; income; transport; personal safety, crime and justice; and housing.
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
|Family and domestic violence is defined by the survey questions. Respondents were asked whether they thought "family violence" was a neighbourhood / community problem (along with 12 other types of neighbourhood / community problems). Victims of assault were defined as respondents who reported experiencing any incident in the last 12 months where force of violence was used against them, or where they were threatened with physical force or violence. Victims who reported knowing their offenders, were asked to nominate their type of relationships from a list. The following family and/or domestic relationship categories were included: |
- current partner (de facto, husband, wife);
- previous partner (de facto, husband, wife);
- boyfriend, girlfriend or date;
- ex-boyfriend, girlfriend or date;
- sibling; and
- other family member.
Aspects of family and domestic violence captured in the data are:
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.
 Information is collected about whether a respondent was a victim of physical violence in the last 12 months. Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence. Person
 Information is collected about whether a respondent was a victim of physical violence in the last 12 months. Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence.
 Whether speaks an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language, or difficulty communicating in English.Incident/event
|The survey was conducted by interviewers who had received cultural awareness training, that provided information specifically developed for surveys involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information was collected via personal interviews at selected private dwellings and were predominantly conducted using a Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) questionnaire. In remote areas, a paper back-up of the questionnaire was available if needed, but generally was not used. In non-remote areas a self enumerated paper form was used to collect information on substance use.|
Where the screening process positively identified usual household members being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin then the household form was commenced.
The household form collected general demographic information about the household and its usual residents. Based on this information, individuals were randomly selected for personal interview. For selected households in discrete remote Indigenous communities and out stations, up to one Indigenous person aged 15 years and over and up to one Indigenous child aged 0-14 years was randomly selected. For selected households in non-remote and remote non-community areas up to two Indigenous persons aged 15 years and over and up to two Indigenous children aged 0-14 years were randomly selected. The personal safety and victims of assault questions were asked only of selected persons aged 15 years and over.
All interviews with selected persons were conducted face-to-face. Due to the sensitive nature of the survey questions, it was suggested that interviews be conducted in private.
Multi-stage random sampling methods were used to select a 'community sample' from discrete Indigenous communities (including any out-stations associated with them) and a non-community sample (comprising dwellings not covered in the community sample). This yielded a total sample size of approximately 13,300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia.
After screening households in non-community areas, approximately 2.5% were identified as having an Indigenous usual resident. Of these households, 83% responded to the survey. This response rate does not take into account approximately 11% of households who were unable to be contacted and therefore establish the Indigenous status of usual residents. In communities, 78% of in-scope households were fully responding.
|The scope of the NATSISS is all Indigenous people who were usual residents of private dwellings in Australia. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units and any other structures used as private places of residence at the time of the survey. People usually resident in non-private dwellings, such as hotels, motels, hostels, hospitals, nursing homes, and short-stay caravan parks were not in scope. Usual residents are those who usually live in a particular dwelling and regard it as their own or main home. Visitors to private dwellings that had been resident six months or longer were included.|
Further scope exclusions for this survey were:
- Non-Indigenous persons;
- Non-Australian diplomats, diplomatic staff and members of their household;
- Members of non-Australian defence forces stationed in Australia and their dependents; and
- Overseas visitors.
The 2008 NATSISS was conducted in remote and non-remote areas in all states and territories of Australia, including discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
|Coverage exclusions applied, to manage enumeration costs, included:
- Collection Districts (CDs) with no Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households;
- Some Mesh Blocks with no Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households;
- Some remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with a small number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households; and
- Some CDs in remote areas with a small number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households.
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia (cat. no 4714.0)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey: Users' Guide, 2008 (cat. no 4720.0)
Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF - 4720.0.55.001
|The main publication and state/territory data cubes for selected data items can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS website.|
Microdata are available in the form of a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Information about how to apply for microdata is available on the ABS website. Additional tailored tables, providing more detail, or data items not included in the publication are available on request as a 'user pays' service, subject to confidentiality and data quality.
August 2008–April 2009
Break in series:
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
Crime Victimisation, Australia
Personal Safety Survey, Australia
Women's Safety Survey
|Other details: The ABS previously conducted the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) in 2002. Due to differences in how the data were collected and the inclusion of new items, not all data items are comparable. More information on the comparability of data between the 2002 and 2008 surveys is available in the Explanatory Notes that accompany the 2008 publication.|