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Data custodian: Victoria Police
Contact: Corporate Statistics, Business Services Department
Address: Victoria Police Centre, 637 Flinders Street, Docklands, VIC, 3008
Telephone: 03 9247 6703
Facsimile: 03 9247 6045
Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
Family Violence is defined in the Victoria Police Code of Practice for Investigation of Family Violence in accordance with the Family Violence Protection Act (2008). Family violence is defined as any behaviour, whether a criminal offence or not, that in any way controls or dominates a family member and causes them to feel fear for their own, or other family members’ safety or well-being. It includes violent, threatening, coercive or controlling behaviour that occurs in current or former family, domestic or intimate relationships.
Family means any family or family-like relationship, including current and former intimate partners, relatives, same-sex partners and carers.
Data prior to 2008 reflects the Crimes (Family Violence) Act 1987, under which Victoria Police were required to complete a family incident report if officers attended any form of conflict between related parties as defined by the Act.
Aspects of FDV captured in the data are:
Relationship to Conceptual Framework for Family and Domestic Violence (Cat. No. 4529.0)
LEAP is a dynamic case management and data storage database designed primarily for operational policing purposes. Victoria Police update existing records with new information as it becomes available, and revise records when investigation identifies additional information. The Central Data Entry Bureau of Victoria Police also amends records when quality control checks identify inaccurate or incomplete information.
Only the most serious offence which best describes a distinct course of criminal conduct is recorded in official crime statistics, even though an offender may be charged with other offences resulting from the one incident.
Police officers are required to complete a family violence report when they attend a family violence incident. Since 1 September 2004 police officers are also required to complete a family violence risk assessment report and these are available on LEAP from 9 December 2005.
Scope / target population
Victims of reported crime. Offenders, Missing persons, Persons involved in family incidents.
Only those offences which become known to police and for which a crime report has been completed are included in the statistics.
Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Victoria. Full address recorded
Data available for:
Local Government Area (LGA)
Police Service Area
Frequency / Timing
Updated continually and downloaded daily for statistical purposes
Detailed crime statistics are published annually
Collection commenced: 9 December 2005
Breaks in series: no
Other details: n/a
Data availability / Dissemination
Data are published regularly on the Victoria police website and in annual reports. Data are also provided to the Victorian Family Violence Database.
Additional data may be available on request, excluding current financial year data.
Other data sources held by this agency
Has this data source changed?
Contact the ABS to report updates or corrections to the information above.