4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2011  
ARCHIVED ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 22/11/2011   
   Page tools: Print Print Page Print all pages in this productPrint All  


This element relates to information about responses to FDV. These are actions that may be taken after an incident of FDV, by:

  • the victim, family and friends of other networks associated with the victims;
  • a witness to the incident;
  • the perpetrator; or
  • service providers and the criminal justice system.

Responses to FDV can be classified as either informal or formal.


These are responses by a victim or perpetrator that do not involve reporting to, or utilising services provided by governments, professionals or organisations. In informal responses, no formal service transaction occurs. An example of an informal response is talking to someone informally, such as a family member, friend, neighbour, work colleague or religious advisor.

Related data sources

Family violence and family law in Australia; the experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post-1995 and post-2006, Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department
International Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS)
National Domestic Violence and the Workplace Survey, 2011
Personal Safety Survey (PSS), Australia


These are responses actions taken by a formal system, and may be triggered by a victim or perpetrator reporting to, or engaging, government or other targeted, organised services. Alternatively, a formal system response can be undertaken by the system on behalf of the individual victim, secondary victim or perpetrator, in response to an incident(s) that becomes known to it through another means - such as a referral from another service or process. In these situations, the service transaction involves a requirement that payment be exchanged for the service and/or records of service be maintained. Codes of professional conduct may also be involved, for example mandatory reporting.

Formal responses fall into three main groups:

  • detection and prosecution (processes of the criminal justice system or other agencies or professionals);
  • treatment and support (health services, child protection, crisis support services, community services and services dealing specifically with FDV) and
  • prevention (education, prevention and treatment/rehabilitation programs).

Data sources relating to formal responses may have information about the services provided and the utilisation of those services, and/or the performance and cost of the system response itself.

Related data sources

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (IRIS)
Child Protection Notifications, Investigations and Substantiations collection, Australia
Children’s Court and Petty Sessions system (CHIPS)/ Courts Data Mart, Western Australia
Community Legal Services Information System (CLSIS)
Computerised Operational Policing System (COPS), New South Wales
COURTLINK - Victorian Magistrates' and Children's Court
CRIMCASE, South Australia
Crime Victimisation, Australia
Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) Program, New South Wales
DV Line, New South Wales
Evaluation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms Legislation and Courts Project, Australia
Family violence and family law in Australia; the experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post-1995 and post-2006, Australian Government Attorney-General's Department
Family Violence Management System (FVMS), Tasmania
Indigenous Family Violence Offender Program (IFVOP) statistics, Northern Territory
Integrated Justice Information System (IJIS): Domestic Violence Order Applications and Breaches, Northern Territory
International Crime Victim Survey (ICVS)
International Violence Against Women Survey (IVAWS)
Justicelink, New South Wales
Key Information and Directory System (KiDS), New South Wales
Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP), Victoria Police
Longitudinal Study of Separated Families (LSSF), Australia
MAXX / Family Violence Case Management List, Australian Capital Territory
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
Personal Safety Survey (PSS), Australia
Police Real Time Online Management Information System (PROMIS), Northern Territory
Queensland Police Records and Information Management Exchange (QPRIME)
Queensland Wide Inter-linked Courts (QWIC)
Safe at Home Information Management System (SIMS), Tasmania
Shared care parenting arrangements since the 2006 Family Law Reforms: Report to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department
Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) National Data Collection
Tenancy Management System (TMS): Domestic and family violence related Priority Housing applications, Northern Territory
Victims Support Service Client Contact Case Management System (CCCMS), Western Australia
Victorian Family Violence Database

Previous PageNext Page