ABOUT THE SURVEY
OVERVIEW OF THE SURVEY
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) 2012 Personal Safety Survey (PSS) was conducted from February to December 2012. Key findings from the survey are presented in Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 (cat. no. 4906.0) which was released in December 2013.
The survey collected information about the nature and extent of violence experienced by men and women since the age of 15, including their experience of violence in the 12 months prior to the survey. It also collected detailed information about men's and women's experience of current and previous partner violence, lifetime experience of stalking, physical and sexual abuse before the age of 15, sexual harassment and general feelings of safety.
The 2012 PSS collected information from a sample of 17,050 households.
Users of the microdata should also refer to the Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003) for more information to assist in using the survey data, including concepts, definitions, methodology, data collection and processing, final sample sizes, and estimation and analysis techniques.
The remaining sections in this product provide information specifically relevant to using the microdata release files.