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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
POLICE REAL TIME ONLINE MANAGEMENT INFORMATION SYSTEM (PROMIS), AUSTRALIAN CAPITAL TERRITORY (2013 provider updates not received)
 May be subject to release conditions
|Collection type||Geographic coverage||Frequency||Data availability |
- Administrative by-product
- Australian Capital Territory
- Not published - may be available on request 1
|Data custodian||Australian Federal Police|
|Contact ||Policy, Performance and Planning Section|
|Address||C/O Winchester Police Centre, PO Box 401, Canberra City, ACT, 2601|
|Telephone||02 6256 7777|
Police Real Time Online Management Information System (PROMIS) is the Australian Federal Police administrative system used to record crime and police incidents.
PROMIS is the primary corporate system for recording investigations and operational information.
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Family violence can include criminal and non-criminal behaviours. A Family Violence tick box is used within PROMIS to identify if an incident is a family and domestic violence incident. To be considered a family and domestic violence incident, two elements must be present:
- a relevant family violence relationship which must include relevant person(s) which are defined in relation to a person (the original person). A relevant person means a domestic partner of the original person (but need not be an adult), or a relative of the original person (father, mother, grandfather, grandmother, stepfather, stepmother, father-in-law or mother-in-law; or son, daughter, grandson, granddaughter, stepson, stepdaughter, son-in-law or daughter-in-law; or brother, sister, half-brother, half-sister, stepbrother, stepsister, brother-in-law or sister-in-law; or uncle, aunt, uncle-in-law or aunt-in-law; or nephew, niece or cousin); someone who would have been a relative, or a child of a domestic partner or former domestic partner of the original person, or a parent of a child of the original person, or someone who is or has been in a relevant relationship with the original person.
A relevant relationship is defined as the extent to which each is personally dependent on the other, the extent to which each is financially dependent on the other, the length of the relationship, if there is or has been a sexual relationship, the extent to which each is involved in or knows about the other's personal life, the degree of mutual commitment to a shared life, the two people share care or support for children or other dependents; and
- a relevant family violence offence is threatened or committed. A list of the 58 family violence offences can be found at Schedule 1, Domestic Violence and Protection Orders Act 2008, and include but are not limited to murder, manslaughter, assault, driving offences, threats, forcible confinement, stalking, abduction, kidnapping, sexual assault, destroying or damaging property, arson, trespass on government premises, weapons offences, offensive behaviour and burglary
Police will also tick the Family Violence tick box when there has been a threat to commit an offence or where there is evidence of the use of power and control within the relationship.
Aspects of family and domestic violence captured in the data are:
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
- 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. Person
 Mental illness data available from September 2010. Cannot be linked specifically to the victim or the offender.Incident/event
 Alcohol use data available from April 2010. Cannot be linked specifically to the victim or offender.Transaction
This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
Information is entered into PROMIS by police officers. Each week the ACT Policing Intervention team search PROMIS using date and offence fields and read through the result text of about 380 jobs. From this approximately 60-70 family and domestic violence incidents are confirmed in Canberra each week. To be confirmed, a family and domestic violence incident must meet the definition of a relevant family violence relationship and a relevant family violence offence (see definition above). Currently the quality of the family violence tick box data item is not sufficient for this field to be used as an indicator of family and domestic violence incidents alone.
Other details about the incident may be stored in the case note but these details are not readily accessible (free text field) for statistical purposes. For example, the case note usually includes information on whether persons involved in the family violence incident were referred to support services by police, what type of support services and whether they were accepted or declined. Incident type, any offences attached to family violence incidents and offenders apprehended from incidents flagged as family violence related are accessible.
SCOPE / TARGET POPULATION
Victims and offenders.
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
|Access to data may be available upon request.|
Family and domestic violence data not routinely published.
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OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY