4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013  
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Description
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
Coverage
Data availability / Dissemination
Publications
Collection history
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PERSONAL SAFETY SURVEY, AUSTRALIA (PSS)

DASHBOARD METADATA

Collection typeGeographic coverageFrequencyData availability
  • Survey
  • National
  • State/territory(all)
  • City/region
  • Ad-hoc
  • Detailed publication/report publicly available
  • Data cubes/spreadsheets publicly available
  • Customised data – charged consultancy 1
[1] May be subject to release conditions


DETAILED METADATA

Contact details:

Data custodianAustralian Bureau of Statistics
Contact National Information and Referral Service
AddressLocked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT 2616
Telephone1300 135 070
Facsimile 1300 135 211
Emailclient.services@abs.gov.au
Internethttps://www.abs.gov.au
Source linkPersonal Safety Survey, Australia 2005 (cat. no. 4906.0)
PURPOSE:
Information was collected from persons aged 18 years and over about their safety at home and in the community. In particular, it focused on measuring men’s and women’s experiences of physical and sexual violence since the age of 15, by different types of male and female perpetrators, the nature and extent of violence against women and men (with a reference period of the last 12 months), actions taken after experiencing violence and the effect on their lives. Additional information was collected about incidents of abuse, stalking and other forms of harassment.

DESCRIPTION:

Funding for the women's component of the 2005 Personal Safety survey was provided through the National Initiative to Combat Sexual Assault and Partnerships Against Domestic Violence - Australian Government initiatives administered by the Office for Women (OfW). The male component was funded by the ABS.

DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

In the Personal Safety Survey, violence is defined as any incident involving the occurrence, attempt or threat of either physical or sexual assault. Physical assault involves the use of physical force with the intent to harm or frighten. An attempt or threat to inflict physical harm is included only if a person believes it is likely to be carried out. Sexual assault includes acts of a sexual nature carried out against a person's will through the use of physical force, intimidation or coercion, or any attempts to do this. Unwanted sexual touching is excluded from sexual assault. Sexual threat involves the threat of an act of a sexual nature which the person believes is likely to be carried out.

Aspects of family and domestic violence captured by the data are:
  • physical violence;
  • sexual violence;
  • emotional abuse;
  • harassment and stalking ; and
  • experiences of physical and sexual abuse (before the age of 15)

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
[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: (marital status)
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence.
Incident/event

Data Items
Available
Location of incident/event
Residential location
Workplace
Educational institution
Public Place
Other Location:(Private vehicle)
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
1
Prior history of victimisation/offending
2
Change to routine
Time off work/economic costs
3
Perceptions of behaviour as criminal
Other (frequency of violence; reasons for separation/ unable to separate)
4
[1] Data reflects whether 'alcohol or drugs' contributed. It is not possible to distinguish which substance was involved.
[2] More than one incident of abuse experienced before the age of 15; frequency of violence by a partner; how often violence occurred during relationship (current/previous partner).
[3] For most recent incident.
[4] Violence by a partner. 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
1
Offender went to court
Offender sentence type
Child protection involvement
Other
Formal support
Services used/ referral to services
Medical treatment/type
Counselling
Legal
Financial
Housing/accommodation
Crisis
Other (reasons for not accessing services)
Informal Support
Family/friends
Minister/priest
Telephone service
Other
[1] Violence by a partner. COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

Personal face-to-face interviews were conducted with one randomly selected person aged 18 years or over who was a usual resident of the selected household.

Special steps were taken to improve the quality of the survey results including detailed and precise questioning and the use of personal interviews. Respondents were informed that the survey was not compulsory and a specific requirement was that interviews were conducted in private, thus ensuring confidentiality and safety of any information disclosed. The use of specially trained interviewers ensured that rapport could be established with respondents and that the relevant concepts and definitions could be explained as necessary.
Dwellings were selected at random using a multistage area sample of private dwellings. The initial sample selected for the survey consisted of approximately 27,000 dwellings. This was reduced to a sample of approximately 22,000 after sample loss (e.g. households selected in the survey which had no residents in scope of the survey, vacant or derelict buildings, buildings under construction).The fully responding sample was 11,800 females and 4,500 males with 76.2% of households fully or adequately responding.

SCOPE/TARGET POPULATION

Persons aged 18 years and over who were usual residents of randomly selected households.

COVERAGE

One adult per selected household (private dwelling).

Both urban and rural areas in all states and territories were included but very remote areas of Australia were excluded. The following group were also excluded from the survey:
  • certain diplomatic personnel of overseas governments, customarily excluded from the Population Census and estimated population figures
  • overseas residents in Australia
  • residents of non-private dwellings, such as hospitals, retirement villages, refuges, etc.

The PSS was conducted in both urban and rural areas in all states and territories, but excluded approximately 120,000 persons living in very remote areas of Australia who would otherwise have been within the scope of the survey. The exclusion of these persons would have only a minor impact on any aggregates that are produced for individual states and territories, except for the Northern Territory where such persons account for around 23% of the population.

DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION

The main publication and state/territory data cubes for selected data items can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS website.
Micro-data are available in the form of a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Information about how to apply for micro-data 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.

PUBLICATIONS

Personal Safety Survey, Australia 2005 (cat. no. 4906.0)
Micro-data: Personal Safety Survey, Expanded CURF, Australia, 2005 (cat. no. 4906.0.55.001)

COLLECTION HISTORY

Collection commenced: August–December 2005

Break in series: No

Other details: Related to Women's Safety Survey, 1996.

OTHER DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY

Crime Victimisation, Australia
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Survey (NATSISS)
Women's Safety Survey, Australia (WSS)
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