4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013  
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Purpose
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
Other directory data sources held by this agency

COMMUNITY LEGAL SERVICE INFORMATION SYSTEM (CLSIS)

DASHBOARD METADATA

Collection typeGeographic coverageFrequencyData availability
  • Administrative by-product
  • National
  • State/territory (all)
  • City/region
  • Monthly
  • 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 Government Attorney-General's Department
Contact Legal Assistance Branch
Address3–5 National Circuit, Barton, ACT, 2600
Telephone02 6141 6666
Facsimile 02 6141 4923
EmailCLCProgram@ag.gov.au
Internethttp://www.ag.gov.au/
PURPOSE

CLSIS records information about client access to Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and Community Legal Services (CLS).

DESCRIPTION

CLSIS captures demographic information about clients accessing community legal services and family violence prevention legal services as well as what assistance the client received and the type of legal problem that the client had. CLSIS also captures data about the number of law reform and legal policy activities undertaken by community legal centres. CLSIS captures information about public interest test cases, numbers of cases open, opened and closed during a particular period. CLSIS also includes a domestic violence indicator. Currently, data are only published in relation to Community Legal Services programs.

DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Family and Domestic Violence is defined by relevant legislation in the state or territory in which each Community Legal Service or Family Violence Prevention Legal Services operates.
Operationally, a Family/Domestic Violence flag is used in CLSIS to indicate whether domestic violence is an issue in advice and casework.

Aspects of family and domestic violence included in the data are:
  • physical abuse;
  • sexual abuse;
  • psychological /emotional abuse;
  • verbal abuse;
  • economic abuse;
  • social abuse;
  • property damage; and
  • harassment and stalking

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 respones
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

Please note: This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
Person

Data Items
Victim 1
Perpetrator 1,2
Secondary 1
Residential location
Age
Sex
Indigenous status
Disability status
Country of birth
Language spoken
Employment status
Education
Income
Socio-economic status
Mental illness
Other (English proficiency; family type)
[1] Data relates to Community Legal Services client. It is not possible to identify whether the client is a victim or offender.
[2] An 'other party' may be a child of the victim or offender; only name and contact details are available for 'other parties'. Incident/event

Data Items
Available
Location of incident/event
Residential location
Workplace
Educational institution
Public Place
Other Location
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
Prior history of victimisation/offending
1
Change to routine
Time off work/economic costs
Perceptions of behaviour as criminal
Other (offences against persons; problem type)
[1] Whether a repeat client. 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
Offender went to court
Offender sentence type
Child protection involvement
Formal support
Services used / referral to services
Medical treatment/type
Counselling
Legal
Financial
Housing/accommodation
Crisis
Other (location of service provider; case work; community education )
Informal Support
Family/friends
Minister/priest
Telephone service
Other
COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

All CLSIS data are de-identified. CLSIS data are collected through the Community Legal Service Program (CLS) and Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) funding recipients.

SCOPE / TARGET POPULATION

All clients accessing services provided by the Family Violence Prevention Legal Services (FVPLS) and the Community Legal Service Program (CLS) including victims and offenders.

COVERAGE

n/a

DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION

Access to data may be provided free upon request. Access to some data may be restricted in accordance with data protocols.

PUBLICATIONS

Data is not routinely published, however, a range of reports are available upon request to the Department, which are subject to some restrictions (around organisation specific or worker specific reports).

COLLECTION HISTORY

Collection commenced: The Community Legal Service Information System (CLSIS) database has been used for data collection by Community Legal Services across Australia since 2003 and is a requirement of the funding Service Level Agreement.

Breaks in series: No

Other details: It has been recommended that services enter past cases to ensure a complete client database.

OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (IRIS)
Family Violence and Family Law in Australia: the experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post –1995 and post–2006
Shared care parenting arrangements since the 2006 Family Law Reforms: Report to the Australian Government Attorney General's Department