RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PARTIES
The ‘Relationship between Parties’ data item assesses the type of relationship that exist between a person who experienced violence, and any other person (or persons) involved or present at an event (directly involved or witness to the event). This includes but is not limited to: family, friends, housemates or acquaintances.
BENEFITS OF COLLECTING THIS INFORMATION:
This information contributes to improved understanding about the types of familial and/or intimate relationships in which violence occurs. It provides insight into how frequently violence is experienced across a variety of relationships. This can enable more accurate targeting of support services and prevention programs.
The person should be asked to nominate their relationship to all parties who were present at the event from a pre-determined list of responses. The types of relationships recorded may differ depending on the nature of the recording agency.
RELATED DATA COLLECTION STANDARDS:
There is no specific standard for this data, see ‘Relationship in Household’ for example of possible relationship types to consider for inclusion.
ABS – Family, Household and Income Unit Variables, 2005 (cat. no. 1286.0) ‘Relationship in Household’
Further development may be needed to ensure a comprehensive range of relationships are included for family, domestic and sexual violence events. Some relationships are not specified in legislation or may not be fully encompassed within legislation that addresses these types of violence. The ABS publication Defining the data challenge outlines a comprehensive list of possible relationships that should be considered for inclusion.
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