On this page:
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
Other directory data sources held by this agency
SUPPORTED ACCOMMODATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (SAAP) NATIONAL DATA COLLECTION (1996–97 TO 2010–11)
 May be subject to release conditions
|Collection type||Geographic coverage||Frequency||Data availability |
- Detailed publication/report publicly available
- Agency annual report
- Customised data - charged consultancy 1
|To record information about clients who access government funded specialist homelessness services.|
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE:
|This collection provides an overview of assistance given to clients and their accompanying children by government funded specialist homelessness agencies. National and complementary State/Territory reports are produced on a financial year basis.|
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
|'Domestic/family violence’ is defined as ‘physical or emotional abuse inflicted on the client by a family member’. |
Aspects of family and domestic violence captured in the data are:
- physical abuse (including sexual abuse); and
- psychological/emotional abuse.
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.
This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
 A subset of information is collected on children accompanying adult clients.
 Status immediately before and after seeking assistance is recorded. Incident/event
 Parent and child relationships are collected for SAAP clients but not as a relationship between victim and perpetrator.
 Where recorded as a reason for seeking accommodation assistance. Transaction
|The AIHW, as the SAAP National Data Collection Agency, collects unit record data from all government funded specialist homelessness services, via two collections: |
- The Client Collection: collects information about clients and their accompanying children. Data are recorded by service providers (agencies) during, or immediately following, contact with clients and are then forwarded to the NDCA after support has ended or, for ongoing clients, at the end of the reporting period (30 June). Some data items require informed consent from the client to collect. Statistical linkage keys, which allow data collected on separate occasions from the same person to be combined without identifying the person, also require informed consent.
- The Administrative Data Collection: consists of general information about the agencies providing accommodation and support to people who are homeless or in crisis. Details about these agencies are forwarded to the AIHW by departments with responsibility for homelessness services in each state and territory. The information provided includes the client target group of each agency, including agencies whose primary target group is women fleeing domestic/family violence.
|Adults and accompanying children who access government funded specialist homelessness services.|
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
|Published national estimates of clients, support periods, accompanying children and accompanying child support periods obtained using data from the Client Collection are adjusted for agency non-participation and, where applicable, client non-consent.|
Government funded specialist homelessness services: National Data Collection annual report.
|Detailed publications and annual reports are produced. Additional data are available on request as a paid consultancy. Release of data must conform with the Privacy Act 1988 and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Act 1987. Data will not be released that may be used to identify an individual.|
These annual reports cover the period 1996–97 to 2010–11.
Break in series:
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
Child Protection National Minimum Data Set
National Drug Strategy Household Survey (NDSHS)
National Hospital Morbidity Database (NHMD)
|Midway through the 2008–09 financial year, SAAP was discontinued and replaced by the National Affordable Housing Agreement. This resulted in some changes in the way the jurisdictions administer the agencies. The impact that the changed arrangements had in the first 6 months of operation is not known, but the number of funded agencies and the number of agencies that were required to participate in the collection decreased and comparisons with previous years’ data may be affected.|
In 2005–06, refined definitions and a new statistical linkage key were introduced, resulting in a break in the data series.
Other details: In July 2011 this collection will be replaced by the Specialist Homelessness Services Data Collection. Similar information about domestic violence will be collected. This collection will incorporate a broader range of services to homeless people and people at risk of homelessness, and will collect more detailed information on a range of topics.