4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013  
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The Directory contains a separate page entry for each data source providing a snapshot of key metadata before a full detailed description.


Each data source entry commences with a 'dashboard' style snapshot of key aspects of the data source. This assists readers to make an initial assessment of relevancy and then proceed to the more detailed metadata.

Collection type
Describes whether the data source is a sample survey, census or administrative by-product data collection. Collection types are defined on the Types of Data Sources page.

Geographic coverage and disaggregation
Provides details of the largest geographic area covered by the collection (e.g. Australia, or a particular State or Territory), including where fine level details are recorded (e.g. Full address). This section also lists all geographic levels, from broadest to finest, at which statistical outputs are available. These levels include: National; State/territory; City/region; Local Government Area (LGA); SLA; Australian Standard Geographical Classification (ASGC) Remoteness; and Other.

Frequency/Timing of Collection
Provides details of the frequency with which the survey is conducted (e.g. annual, irregular) or the administrative by-product collection is updated.

Data availability
Indicates public, or by request data access.


Contact Details
Provides contact details for the agency responsible for each data source. Specific enquiries about a data source, including data requests, questions about methodology, data item definitions, collection development and future collection plans should be made directly to the data custodian or agency responsible for collecting the data using these details.

Contact details listed include the name of the Government department or agency responsible for the data, the relevant branch/section and job title of contact person as well as address, phone, facsimile, email and internet links, where available.

More details about processes for obtaining data or further information for ABS data sources are also included later in this Directory.

Describes the main purpose of the data collection. Collections may be established:

  • specifically for research purposes;
  • to meet case or clinical management needs;
  • to facilitate service provision; or
  • to meet agency/program funding requirements.
Some collections are aimed specifically at obtaining data on Family and Domestic Violence, whilst others are more broadly focused but collect some Family and Domestic Violence-related data.Description
Includes any additional summary information, provided by the source agency, about how the data is collected, systems used, or business processes surrounding the data collection.

Definition of Family and Domestic Violence
An explanation of each data source Family and Domestic Violence definition is provided. This may be based on state or territory legislation; an operational definition, such as criteria for service provision eligibility; or not formally defined at all. In the latter case, whilst Family and Domestic Violence may not be formally defined by the data custodian or agency responsible for collecting the data, some definitional boundaries can be inferred by the way in which the collection's target population and coverage are defined (e.g. helpline clients' own understandings of Family and Domestic Violence would likely be influenced by information provided by the agency responsible for the helpline in its brochures, website and other advertising material.)

Relationships to Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0)
Each Directory entry provides a summary table of the relationship to the six elements outlined in Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0) by categorising the level of data coverage for the described element and sub-element. This is a subjective assessment made by the ABS that overlays areas of the conceptual framework with the nature and breadth of information collected in the data source. It is not an indication of data quality and does not represent ABS endorsement of a data collection, but rather an aid to assist readers to quickly assess relevancy to their data needs.

Family and Domestic Violence related content (data items collected)
Additional tables in the Directory entry provide a detailed analysis of the availability of specified data elements in the data source. The data elements have been conceptually grouped to indicate the broad concept to which the element belongs; Context, Person, Incident/Event and Transaction. Tables absent from the entry have no relevant data elements present in the data source.

Collection methodology
Provides further details, where available, about how information is collected, recorded, stored and amended, including who enters the information and if information is transferred from other systems or collections. Where data custodians have noted concerns about data comparability or other limitations on data use, this information has been included here. Readers can use this information to make an initial assessment of data quality and any limitations of the data in the context of their intended use for it.Scope/target population
This section describes the intended population, or scope, of a collection. The target population is the group of units about which information is wanted, or in other words, the population that the survey is aimed at. These units of interest can refer to people, households, schools, or organisations such as hospitals. In the case of Family and Domestic Violence statistics, the most commonly used unit is the person. For administrative by-product collections, the target population is usually defined by the program or service's intended client base.

This section describes any known exclusions from the survey population. For survey collections, there is likely to be a difference between the intended population and the population actually able to be included in the survey. The survey population is also called coverage, that is, the population the survey actually covers. Ideally the survey population should correspond exactly with the target population, however, the two populations may not match, so the conclusions based on survey data only apply to the survey population. Some units of interest in the intended population may be excluded from the survey for practical reasons, such as a remote geographic location, or age restrictions, whilst others may not be possible to contact, such as where units are missing from the list (frame) used to source survey participants.

Data availability / Dissemination
Provides an indication of the range and nature of publicly available data derived from this source. This may include data in published form only, whether customised data are available upon request, with or without cost, and any release criteria associated with obtaining data.

A small number of entries have advised that they only produce internal reports, reports to Government or on targeted release to participating /source agencies. Whilst the main aim of this Directory is to improve awareness of publicly available data sources, these have been included as the source agency can provide useful information about their methodology, experiences and systems to assist other organisations/individuals to develop similar collections.

Collection history
Includes the time period covered by the dataset, including when the collection commenced and the period(s) for which past data are available, if applicable. Any limitations to the comparability of collections over time, in particular a break in series, are also described. Note that more information about comparability is generally available in the most recent publication for a collection.

Contains links to publications produced from this data source, including major publications, papers, analytical reports and annual reports. Also specifies if data have not been published from this data source.

Other directory data sources held by this agency
Provides electronic links to entries for other data sources containing Family and Domestic Violence related information held by the same organisation.Previous Page | Next Page