The Federation Press

Measuring the Extent of Domestic Violence


Reliable measurement of domestic violence between adults in modern society has been almost impossible, leading to a situation where exaggerated claims or denials can all too readily be made. In this report the authors triangulate numerous data sources.

The information collated and analysed is as follows: police recorded crime statistics, hospital admission records, police emergency calls data, police local data in an area of Western Australia where the Duluth project was being replicated, the Centre’s own three tiered victims’ survey, Court restraining orders, women’s refuge or shelter data, and crisis intervention data from the Department for Community Development.

Interestingly, the book also discusses the extent of domestic violence against men and particular attention is also paid to the position of Aborigines and rural Western Australian inhabitants.

Of interest...