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


SHARED CARE PARENTING ARRANGEMENTS SINCE THE 2006 FAMILY LAW REFORMS: REPORT TO THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT ATTORNEY-GENERAL'S DEPARTMENT

DASHBOARD METADATA

Collection typeGeographic coverageFrequencyData availability
  • Survey
  • National
  • Once only
  • Detailed publication/report publicly available
  • Customised data - free upon request 1
[1] May be subject to release conditions


DETAILED METADATA

Contact details:

Data custodianAustralian Government Attorney-General’s Department
Address3–5 National Circuit, Barton, ACT 2600
Telephone02 6141 6666
Facsimile n/a
Emailn/a
Internethttp://www.ag.gov.au
Source linkhttp://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/Families/FamilyLawSystem/Pages/Familylawpublications.aspx#Shared
PURPOSE:
These surveys formed part of the research undertaken to inform the Australian Government’s understanding of the implications of the changes to the 2006 Family Law Reforms on Shared Care Parenting, and the circumstances under which shared care arrangements work, and do not work, in the best interests of the child.
Family and domestic violence is not the focus of this research; however some information was collected about the impacts of violence and safety concerns on care arrangements.

DESCRIPTION:

The Report to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department is based on analysis of a range of both primary and secondary data sources, of which these surveys are part.

DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:

No formal definition of family and domestic violence is used. Respondents’ own understandings and experiences of family and domestic violence influenced the data.

Aspects of family and domestic violence captured in the data are:
  • physical abuse.

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)2
Community perceptions
Neighbourhood problems
Feelings of safety/fear
Social connectedness/networks
Other
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence. Person

Data Items
Respondent
(Victim)1
Perpetrator
Secondary
(Victim)1
Residential location
Age
Sex
Indigenous status
Disability status
Country of birth
Language spoken
Employment status
Education
Income
Socio-economic status
Mental illness
Other
[1] Respondent may or may not have experienced family and domestic violence. 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 (time in previous relationship; re-partnering status for self and ex-partner)
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 (type of care arrangement since separation; living arrangements of child; children's views of parental conflict)
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 (Family support service; child support agency)
Informal Support
Family/friends
Minister/priest
Telephone service
Other

COLLECTION METHODOLOGY

Parent survey
This comprised a postal survey of parents concerning their experience of parenting arrangements, with a particular focus on shared care.
1500 surveys sent via solicitors to parents who used the services of a private family law solicitor or who used legal aid or a family support service. A sample of solicitor’s offices were selected from a National database of family law solicitors.
10,000 surveys sent via the Child Support Agency, were sent to a stratified random sample of registered clients and, as far as possible, their matched ex-partners in three groups as follows:
  • Those who were in actively involved in shared care from July 1 2007 to June 30 2008 (n=5000)
  • Those who used to be in shared before July 1 2007 (n=2500)
  • Those not in shared care at the time of selection for the survey (n=2500).

The survey yielded a response rate of 10.5%, with 1047 completed responses. Further interviews were conducted with 40 parent respondents and 4 children.

Survey of children and young people
An online survey for children and young people was hosted by a number of different websites whose target audience is children and young people (e.g. Kids Helpline, the National Children’s and Youth Law Centre, and the Commissions for Children and Young People in New South Wales, Western Australia, Queensland and Tasmania). There were 140 respondents to this survey.

SCOPE/TARGET POPULATION

Parents and children in shared care or other post-separation arrangements pre and post implementation of the 2006 Family Law Reforms.

COVERAGE

Parent survey
The list used to select Solicitor’s offices to distribute surveys to parents excluded Tasmanian offices.

Survey of children and young people

The sample is not necessarily representative of children and young people in shared care or in other post-separation arrangements as the websites used to distribute surveys are used by children who have concerns about their circumstances though not necessarily related to shared care or post-parental separation issues. Responses may be a bellwether for concerns about such arrangements when they are not working well and where there are issues about the quality of the relationship between children and their parents, and between the parents.

DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION

Main publication is available free of charge from the Attorney General's Department website. Requests for further access to data can be made to the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department.

PUBLICATIONS

Shared care parenting arrangements since the 2006 family law reforms–report

COLLECTION HISTORY

Collection commenced: 2009

Break in series: n/a

Other details: n/a

OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services (IRIS)
Community Legal Services Information System (CLSIS)
Family violence and family law in Australia; the experiences and views of children and adults from families who separated post–1995 and post–2006