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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2019 Week 11 Hansard (Thursday, 26 September 2019) . . Page.. 4065 ..


Domestic and family violence—male victims(Question No 2686)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence, upon notice, on 23 August 2019:

(1) How many male domestic violence victims were reported for each year for (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, (c) 2018–19 and (d) 2019 – the date this question was published.

(2) What services are offered to domestic violence victims who are male.

(3) How many men received each kind of service provided for the years (a) 2016–17, (b) 2017–18, (c) 2018–19 and (d) 2019 – the date this question was published.

(4) What specific services are available to male domestic violence victims.

(5) Are there any refuges available to male domestic violence victims; if so, where are they located; if not, what emergency accommodation options are available to men escaping domestic violence.

Ms Berry: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. There are three key data sets that report on the number of people seeking support for domestic and family violence in the ACT. This includes ACT Policing data, Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) data and OneLink referral data. Because individuals can seek support from multiple services, it is possible that the same individual is represented more than once in the data below.

ACT Policing report on the number of domestic violence incidents and offences, but do not disaggregate this data by gender of victim. ACT Policing data can be found at https://policenews.act.gov.au/crime-statistics-and-data/crime-statistics.

Prior to January 2018, Domestic Violence Crisis Service (DVCS) did not report on the gender of service users. Since January 2018, DVCS provide client data disaggregated by gender as per their service funding agreement, but do not disaggregate this by victim or perpetrator. Consequently, the DVCS data below includes all male clients who receive support from DVCS, which includes both victims and perpetrators.

OneLink referral data collects information on gender and reason for seeking support. 2017-18 was the first year of data collection for OneLink.

a. 2016-17: DVCS Service user data for 2016-17 disaggregated by gender is not available. OneLink referral data was not collected in 2016-17.

b. 2017-18:

i. DVCS Service user data for July to December 2017 disaggregated by gender is not available. In the six-month period between January and June 2018, DVCS supported 389 male clients including victims and perpetrators.

ii. In 2017-18, 67 new male clients who reported experiencing domestic and family violence accessed OneLink for support.


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