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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)
Scope / Target population
Data availability / Dissemination
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NATIONAL COMMUNITY ATTITUDES TOWARDS VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN SURVEY (NCAS) (2013 provider updates not received)
 Will be run every four years from 2014.
|Collection type||Geographic coverage||Frequency||Data availability |
- Detailed publication/ report publicly available
|Data custodian||The Victorian Health Promotion Foundation|
|Contact ||Program Manager, Preventing Violence Against Women|
|Address||Ground Floor, 15–31 Pelham St (PO Box 154), Carlton South, VIC 3053|
|Telephone||(03) 9667 1333|
|Facsimile ||(03) 9667 1375|
|The National Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women Survey, 2009 (NCAS) establishes a benchmark against which changes in attitudes can be more closely monitored over time. The results will guide the development and targeting of interventions that can build cultures of non-violence and value equal and respectful relationships between men and women.|
The aims of the NCAS project are to:
- Gauge contemporary attitudes within the Australian community about violence against women and track shifts in attitudes since 1995;
- Identify demographic and social factors which may impact on the types and nature of attitudes held within the Australian community;
- Understand attitudes to violence against women in selected culturally and linguistically diverse and Indigenous communities; and
- Assist in identifying where prevention and other targeted initiatives may be needed.
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
|The survey comprised three components: |
- Telephone interviews with people across Australia about their attitudes towards violence against women;
- Telephone interviews with an additional sample of people from selected culturally and linguistically diverse (SCALD) backgrounds; and
- Face-to-face interviews with Indigenous Australians.
In addition, some exploratory research using interviews and focus groups was undertaken with emerging migrant and newly arrived communities.
The project focuses on four major areas of community attitudes towards violence against women:
- Perceptions of what constitutes domestic violence, sexual violence and sexual harassment;
- Understanding of the consequences and harms caused by violence;
- Beliefs regarding whether violence against women is justifiable or excusable; and
- Myths and beliefs about victims and offenders
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
|National Community Attitudes Towards Violence Against Women Survey (NCAS) 2009 focuses on community attitudes towards interpersonal forms of gender based violence as they affect women which includes domestic violence, also referred to as intimate partner violence, family violence or relationship violence. |
Family and Domestic violence is defined by the questions asked about attitudes towards behaviours including slapping or pushing to cause harm of fear; forcing a partner to have sex; throwing or smashing objects near the partner to threaten or frighten them; threatening to hurt family members to scare or control partner; yelling abuse at partner; controlling the social life of a partner; criticising a partner to make them feel bad or useless; controlling a partner by denying money.
Aspects of family and domestic violence captured by the NCAS are:
- Physical abuse;
- Sexual abuse;
- Psychological/ emotional abuse; and
- Property damage.
Attitudes toward stalking and harassment are collected through the survey but may not specifically relate to family and domestic violence.
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.
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:
3. Incident/Event; and
Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.
 Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violencePerson
 Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violenceIncident/event
|General community survey |
Conducted by the Social Research Centre using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI). A random digit dialling frame was constructed from electronic White Pages numbers ‘+2’. These numbers were ‘matched’ against a list contain more up to date addresses and a preliminary approach letter was sent to those households. Individual participants were selected from within each household as the person aged 16 years and over with the next birthday. Verbal parental consent was obtained prior to interviewing persons aged 16-17. This generated a random sample of 10,100 respondents nationally, with a minimum of 1000 in each state/territory. The sample was stratified by state/territory and metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas and yielded a response of 49.8%.
Data were weighted using 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for generation, sex and age within the five ethnicities to provide a nationally representative sample.
While the findings of the 2009 survey are intended to be comparable with the 1995 national survey, readers should note changes to the instrument may impact on comparability.
Comprised 2,501 Australian residents of Chinese (500), Vietnamese (500), Indian (500), Italian (501) or Greek (500) background. A stratified random sample of households was obtained using Electronic white Pages listings, filtered by most common surnames in each community and the top 50 postcodes within Australia with residents of these communities. Further sample was obtained just using surnames. The response rate was 33.8%.
Data were weighted using 2006 Australian Bureau of Statistics Census data for sex, age and geographic location (state) to provide a nationally representative sample.
Comprised face-to-face interviews with 400 Indigenous Australians interviewed across nine metropolitan and regional locations within Australia. Sample was generated through community consultation and networking. The response rate was 37.2%. Data were not weighted and therefore the sample is not representative of any population other than those interviewed.
Researchers referred participants to appropriate support services as required/on request. Interviews were gender-matched within each survey group. More detailed descriptions of the methodologies used in each sample are provided in the Project Technical Report.
|The in-scope population for the quantitative surveys was persons aged 16 years of age and over who were residents of private households in Australia.|
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women: Changing cultures, changing attitudes: Summary of findings
National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women: Project Technical Report
National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women: Fact Sheet
|The following population groups were excluded from the survey: |
- Households without a landline;
- Residents of institutional quarters (prisons, nursing homes, etc) and military bases;
- Persons incapable of undertaking the interview due to a physical or mental health
- condition (including too old / frail);
- Persons under the influence of drugs or alcohol; and
- Non-English speaking persons outside of the five target CALD communities targeted for this survey.
- Households with no person aged 16 years or over in residence.
February – August 2009
Break in series:
The design and approach of the 2009 National Survey on Community Attitudes to Violence Against Women (CATVAW) builds on the methodologies adopted in the last two major Australian surveys: the national survey conducted in 1995 by the Office for the Status of Women and the Victorian Community Attitude Study coordinated by Vic Health in 2006.
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