4906.0.55.001 - Microdata: Personal Safety, Australia, 2012 Quality Declaration 
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The following Microdata products are available from the Personal Safety Survey, Australia, 2012:

- Expanded CURF via the Remote Access Data Laboratory (RADL) and ABS Data Laboratory (ABSDL)

Apply online for access to the CURF at https://www.abs.gov.au/about/microdata

The product provides data on 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 provides information about men's and women's experience of current and previous partner violence, experience of stalking, physical and sexual abuse before the age of 15 and general feelings of safety.

The microdata enables users to tabulate, manipulate and analyse data. Steps to confidentialise the dataset are taken to ensure the integrity of the data and maintain confidentiality of respondents. This includes removing any information that might uniquely identify an individual, reducing the level of detail for some items and collapsing some categories. A detailed list of data items is available from the Downloads Tab.

Approved users can use the information, about men's and women's various experiences of violence, to enable in-depth studies about violence, its nature, extent, impacts and consequences. PSS files are arranged in a hierarchy, made up of the following 7 levels:
1. Person (geographic, demographic and socio-economic characteristics about the selected person and where applicable, their partner)
2. Violence - Most recent incident (detailed characteristics about a person's most recent incident of violence for each of the 8 different types of violence)
3. Violence - Prevalence (whether experienced any of the 8 different types violence by five key perpetrator types by when most recent incident of each type occurred)
4. Violence - Partner (detailed characteristics about a person's experience of violence by current partner and/or most recently violent previous partner)
5. Emotional abuse by a partner (characteristics about a person's experience of emotional abuse by current partner, and/or most recently emotionally abusive male and/or female previous partner)
6. Abuse before the age of 15 (experience of abuse before the age of 15 by sexual and physical abuse)
7. Stalking (detailed characteristics about a person's most recent episode of stalking by a man and by a woman)

Detailed information about the data content and survey methodology is provided in Personal Safety Survey, Australia: User Guide (cat. no. 4906.0.55.003).