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Family, domestic and sexual violence is a major health and welfare issue. It affects people of all ages and from all backgrounds, but mainly women and children. This report explores the impact of family, domestic and sexual violence among vulnerable groups.
Family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia: continuing the national story, 2019: in brief is a companion to this report.
1 in 3 women and 1 in 5 men with disability experienced emotional abuse from a partner
26,500 children aged 0–9 were assisted by specialist homelessness services due to domestic violence in 2017–18
Police recorded 25,000 sexual assaults in 2017
Indigenous people were 32 times as likely to be hospitalised for family violence as non-Indigenous people in 2016–17
First year: 2018
Latest year: 2018
Years in this publication: 2018
Size: 320 services, 1,157 workers
The survey was designed to collect information about workers in services used by people affected by family, domestic and sexual violence. The survey examined models of service provision, workforce strengths and gaps, workers’ skills and development needs, service capacity and sustainability challenges. The aim of the survey was to inform efforts to build capacity of the workforce and service system to improve responses to people affected by violence. The survey consisted of 2 parts: a survey of workers and a survey of service leaders.
The survey of workers captured the experiences of those working in services used by people affected by violence, including information about confidence in areas of practice, and job satisfaction. The survey of service leaders captured service-level information about staff numbers, perceptions of capacity, and workforce development priorities and strategies.
As there is no comprehensive list of relevant services across Australia, a sampling frame was developed to help identify relevant service providers, based on funding provided by the Department of Social Services and the Attorney-General’s Department. In addition, lists of services funded by the states and territories were provided by the Department of Social Services. Services included (but were not limited to):
The service survey was distributed to 1,000 services and completed for 320 services. The worker survey was completed by 1,200 workers. As there is no national data set providing a profile of relevant services which could be used to determine population weights, no weights were applied. The survey is not intended to be representative of the entire workforce. Instead it sheds some light on the shared experiences of workers in the family, domestic and sexual violence space.
There are no comprehensive lists identifying services as family, domestic and sexual violence specific. Due to this, in-scope services were categorised according to the following ‘main service types’:
For more information, visit the National survey of domestic violence and sexual assault workforces.
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