4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013  
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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)
Collection methodology
Scope / Target population
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Data availability / Dissemination
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Collection history
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NATIONAL COMMUNITY ATTITUDES TOWARDS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SURVEY (NCAS) (2013 provider updates not received)

DASHBOARD METADATA

Collection typeGeographic coverageFrequencyData availability
  • Survey
  • National
  • State/territory(all)
  • City/region
  • 2–4 yearly 1
  • Detailed publication/ report publicly available
[1] Will be run every four years from 2014.


DETAILED METADATA

Contact details:

Data custodianThe Victorian Health Promotion Foundation
Contact Program Manager, Preventing Violence Against Women
AddressGround Floor, 15–31 Pelham St (PO Box 154), Carlton South, VIC 3053
Telephone(03) 9667 1333
Facsimile (03) 9667 1375
Emailrimbesi@vichealth.vic.gov.au
Internethttp://www.vichealth.vic.gov.au
PURPOSE:

The National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey, 2009 (NCAS) establishes a benchmark against which changes in attitudes can be more closely monitored over time. The results will guide the development and targeting of interventions that can build cultures of non-violence and value equal and respectful relationships between men and women.

The aims of the NCAS project are to:
  • Gauge contemporary attitudes within the Australian community about violence against women and track shifts in attitudes since 1995;
  • Identify demographic and social factors which may impact on the types and nature of attitudes held within the Australian community;
  • Understand attitudes to violence against women in selected culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous communities; and
  • Assist in identifying where prevention and other targeted initiatives may be needed.

DESCRIPTION:

The survey comprised three components:
  • Telephone interviews with people across Australia about their attitudes towards violence against women;
  • Telephone interviews with an additional sample of people from selected culturally and linguistically diverse (SCALD) backgrounds; and
  • Face-to-face interviews with Indigenous Australians.

In addition, some exploratory research using interviews and focus groups was undertaken with emerging migrant and newly arrived communities.

The project focuses on four major areas of community attitudes towards violence against women:
  • Perceptions of what constitutes domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment;
  • Understanding of the consequences and harms caused by violence;
  • Beliefs regarding whether violence against women is justifiable or excusable; and
  • Myths and beliefs about victims and offenders

DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) 2009 focuses on community attitudes towards interpersonal forms of gender based violence as they affect women which includes domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, family violence or relationship violence.
Family and Domestic violence is defined by the questions asked about attitudes towards behaviours including slapping or pushing to cause harm of fear; forcing a partner to have sex; throwing or smashing objects near the partner to threaten or frighten them; threatening to hurt family members to scare or control partner; yelling abuse at partner; controlling the social life of a partner; criticising a partner to make them feel bad or useless; controlling a partner by denying money.

Aspects of family and domestic violence captured by the NCAS are:
  • Physical abuse;
  • Sexual abuse;
  • Psychological/ emotional abuse; and
  • Property damage.

Attitudes toward stalking and harassment are collected through the survey but may not specifically relate to family and domestic violence.

RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)

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.

Conceptual Framework
Amount of Information Available
Element/Sub–element
Some
Detailed
Context
Environmental factors
Psycho-social factors
Risk
Community prevalence
Community incidence
Incident/event
Responses
Formal responses
Informal responses
Impacts/Outcomes
Programs, Research & Evaluation
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:

1. Context;
2. Person;
3. Incident/Event; and
4. Transaction.

Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.

Context

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)
Community perceptions
Neighbourhood problems
Feelings of safety/fear
Social connectedness/networks
Other (attitudes about mitigating factors;
attitudes toward leaving a violent relationship)
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence
Person

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)
Residential location
Age
Sex
Indigenous status
Disability status
Country of birth
Language spoken
Employment status
Education
Income
Socio-economic status
Mental illness
Other: (household composition)
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violenceIncident/event

Data Items
Available
Location of incident/event
Residential location
Workplace
Educational institution
Public Place
Other Location
Relationship between parties
Current partner
Previous partner
Boyfriend/girlfriend/date
Parent
Child
Sibling
Other relatives
Other member of household
Personal/financial dependency
Other
Other Characteristics
Weapon used
Type of weapon
Physical Injury sustained
Type of injury sustained
Pregnancy
Alcohol/substance use
Prior history of victimisation/offending
Change to routine
Time off work/economic costs
Perceptions of behaviour as criminal
Other (main form of violence most worried about)
Transaction

Data Items
Available
Detection
Reported to police
Reasons not reported to police
Satisfaction with police response
Application for violence order
Violence order issued
Offender charged
Offender went to court
Offender sentence type
Child protection involvement
Other (perceptions about police response; likelihood of reporting to police; knowledge of where to go for help)
Formal support
Services used/ referral to services
Medical treatment/type
Counselling
Legal
Financial
Housing/accommodation
Crisis
Other (perceptions on false claims of violence during custody battles)
Informal Support
Family/friends
Minister/priest
Telephone service
Other (whether/how you would intervene if a family/friend experienced violence)
COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

General community survey
Conducted by the Social Research Centre using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). A random digit dialling frame was constructed from electronic White Pages numbers ‘+2’. These numbers were ‘matched’ against a list contain more up to date addresses and a preliminary approach letter was sent to those households. Individual participants were selected from within each household as the person aged 16 years and over with the next birthday. Verbal parental consent was obtained prior to interviewing persons aged 16-17. This generated a random sample of 10,100 respondents nationally, with a minimum of 1000 in each state/territory. The sample was stratified by state/territory and metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas and yielded a response of 49.8%.
Data were weighted using 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for generation, sex and age within the five ethnicities to provide a nationally representative sample.
While the findings of the 2009 survey are intended to be comparable with the 1995 national survey, readers should note changes to the instrument may impact on comparability.

SCALD survey

Comprised 2,501 Australian residents of Chinese (500), Vietnamese (500), Indian (500), Italian (501) or Greek (500) background. A stratified random sample of households was obtained using Electronic white Pages listings, filtered by most common surnames in each community and the top 50 postcodes within Australia with residents of these communities. Further sample was obtained just using surnames. The response rate was 33.8%.
Data were weighted using 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for sex, age and geographic location (state) to provide a nationally representative sample.

Indigenous survey

Comprised face-to-face interviews with 400 Indigenous Australians interviewed across nine metropolitan and regional locations within Australia. Sample was generated through community consultation and networking. The response rate was 37.2%. Data were not weighted and therefore the sample is not representative of any population other than those interviewed.

Researchers referred participants to appropriate support services as required/on request. Interviews were gender-matched within each survey group. More detailed descriptions of the methodologies used in each sample are provided in the Project Technical Report.
SCOPE/TARGET POPULATION

The in-scope population for the quantitative surveys was persons aged 16 years of age and over who were residents of private households in Australia.

COVERAGE

The following population groups were excluded from the survey:
  • Households without a landline;
  • Residents of institutional quarters (prisons, nursing homes, etc) and military bases;
  • Persons incapable of undertaking the interview due to a physical or mental health
  • condition (including too old / frail);
  • Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
  • Non-English speaking persons outside of the five target CALD communities targeted for this survey.
  • Households with no person aged 16 years or over in residence.


DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION

Frequency tables are published in the Project Technical Report. All available outputs are published.

PUBLICATIONS

National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women: Changing cultures, changing attitudes: Summary of findings
National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women: Project Technical Report
National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women: Fact Sheet

COLLECTION HISTORY

Collection commenced: February – August 2009

Break in series: No

Other details: The design and approach of the 2009 National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women (CATVAW) builds on the methodologies adopted in the last two major Australian surveys: the national survey conducted in 1995 by the Office for the Status of Women and the Victorian Community Attitude Study coordinated by Vic Health in 2006.

OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
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