4533.0 - Directory of Family and Domestic Violence Statistics, 2013  
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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
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NATIONAL ABORIGINAL AND TORRES STRAIT ISLANDER SOCIAL SURVEY (NATSISS)

DASHBOARD METADATA

Collection typeGeographic coverageFrequencyData availability
  • Survey
  • National
  • State/territory (all)
  • City/region
  • ASGC Remoteness
  • 6 yearly
  • 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 Bureau of Statistics
Contact National Information and Referral Service
AddressLocked Bag 10, Belconnen, ACT 2616
Telephone1300 135 070
Facsimile 1300 135 211
Emailclient.services@abs.gov.au
Internethttps://www.abs.gov.au
PURPOSE

The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) provides broad information across key areas of social concern for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians nationally, by state and territory and remoteness area.

DESCRIPTION

The 2008 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) was conducted from August 2008 to April 2009 with a sample of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia. Information from the 2008 NATSISS contributes to existing data on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians and the formulation of government policies and legislation.

It provides information on a range of demographic, social, environmental and economic indicators, including: personal and household characteristics; geography; language and cultural activities; social networks and support; health and disability; education; employment; financial stress; income; transport; personal safety, crime and justice; and housing.

DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Family and domestic violence is defined by the survey questions. Respondents were asked whether they thought "family violence" was a neighbourhood / community problem (along with 12 other types of neighbourhood / community problems). Victims of assault were defined as respondents who reported experiencing any incident in the last 12 months where force of violence was used against them, or where they were threatened with physical force or violence. Victims who reported knowing their offenders, were asked to nominate their type of relationships from a list. The following family and/or domestic relationship categories were included:
  • current partner (de facto, husband, wife);
  • previous partner (de facto, husband, wife);
  • boyfriend, girlfriend or date;
  • ex-boyfriend, girlfriend or date;
  • parent;
  • child;
  • sibling; and
  • other family member.

Aspects of family and domestic violence captured in the data are:
  • Physical abuse (assault)

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 responses
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

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)
Community perceptions
Neighbourhood problems
Feelings of safety/fear
Social connectedness/networks
Other (social support; efficacy in community)
[1] Information is collected about whether a respondent was a victim of physical violence in the last 12 months. Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence. Person

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)
Residential location
Age
Sex
Indigenous status
Disability status
Country of birth
Language spoken
2
Employment status
Education
Income
Socio-economic status
Mental illness
Other: (life stressors)
[1] Information is collected about whether a respondent was a victim of physical violence in the last 12 months. Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence.
[2] Whether speaks an Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander language, or difficulty communicating in English.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
Change to routine
Time off work/economic costs
Perceptions of behaviour as criminal
Other
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
Other
Formal support
Services used/ referral to services
Medical treatment/type
Counselling
Legal
Financial
Housing/accommodation
Crisis
Other (barriers accessing service providers: includes legal)
Informal Support
Family/friends
Minister/priest
Telephone service
Other
COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

The survey was conducted by interviewers who had received cultural awareness training, that provided information specifically developed for surveys involving Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. Information was collected via personal interviews at selected private dwellings and were predominantly conducted using a Computer Assisted Interviewing (CAI) questionnaire. In remote areas, a paper back-up of the questionnaire was available if needed, but generally was not used. In non-remote areas a self enumerated paper form was used to collect information on substance use.

Where the screening process positively identified usual household members being of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander origin then the household form was commenced.

The household form collected general demographic information about the household and its usual residents. Based on this information, individuals were randomly selected for personal interview. For selected households in discrete remote Indigenous communities and out stations, up to one Indigenous person aged 15 years and over and up to one Indigenous child aged 0-14 years was randomly selected. For selected households in non-remote and remote non-community areas up to two Indigenous persons aged 15 years and over and up to two Indigenous children aged 0-14 years were randomly selected. The personal safety and victims of assault questions were asked only of selected persons aged 15 years and over.

All interviews with selected persons were conducted face-to-face. Due to the sensitive nature of the survey questions, it was suggested that interviews be conducted in private.

Multi-stage random sampling methods were used to select a 'community sample' from discrete Indigenous communities (including any out-stations associated with them) and a non-community sample (comprising dwellings not covered in the community sample). This yielded a total sample size of approximately 13,300 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in private dwellings across Australia.

After screening households in non-community areas, approximately 2.5% were identified as having an Indigenous usual resident. Of these households, 83% responded to the survey. This response rate does not take into account approximately 11% of households who were unable to be contacted and therefore establish the Indigenous status of usual residents. In communities, 78% of in-scope households were fully responding.

SCOPE/TARGET POPULATION

The scope of the NATSISS is all Indigenous people who were usual residents of private dwellings in Australia. Private dwellings are houses, flats, home units and any other structures used as private places of residence at the time of the survey. People usually resident in non-private dwellings, such as hotels, motels, hostels, hospitals, nursing homes, and short-stay caravan parks were not in scope. Usual residents are those who usually live in a particular dwelling and regard it as their own or main home. Visitors to private dwellings that had been resident six months or longer were included.

Further scope exclusions for this survey were:
  • Non-Indigenous persons;
  • Non-Australian diplomats, diplomatic staff and members of their household;
  • Members of non-Australian defence forces stationed in Australia and their dependents; and
  • Overseas visitors.

The 2008 NATSISS was conducted in remote and non-remote areas in all states and territories of Australia, including discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

COVERAGE

Coverage exclusions applied, to manage enumeration costs, included:
  • Collection Districts (CDs) with no Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households;
  • Some Mesh Blocks with no Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households;
  • Some remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities with a small number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households; and
  • Some CDs in remote areas with a small number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander households.

DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION

The main publication and state/territory data cubes for selected data items can be downloaded free of charge from the ABS website.
Microdata are available in the form of a Confidentialised Unit Record File (CURF). Information about how to apply for microdata is available on the ABS website. Additional tailored tables, providing more detail, or data items not included in the publication are available on request as a 'user pays' service, subject to confidentiality and data quality.

PUBLICATIONS

National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Australia (cat. no 4714.0)
National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey: Users' Guide, 2008 (cat. no 4720.0)
Microdata: National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey, Expanded CURF - 4720.0.55.001

COLLECTION HISTORY

Collection commenced: August 2008–April 2009

Break in series: No

Other details: The ABS previously conducted the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Survey (NATSISS) in 2002. Due to differences in how the data were collected and the inclusion of new items, not all data items are comparable. More information on the comparability of data between the 2002 and 2008 surveys is available in the Explanatory Notes that accompany the 2008 publication.
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY

Crime Victimisation, Australia
Personal Safety Survey, Australia
Women's Safety Survey