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Appendix A

Experience of family violence survey

Survey code number ___________ File audit code number ___________________

Preliminary questions—Information will be taken from DVCS files and clarified where necessary

Date of main incident questions relate to D/M/Y _______________________
Date of birth or age at time of incident  
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander? Aboriginal
Torres Strait Islander
Both
Neither
Don’t know
Current relationship status with other person involved in family violence incident Spouse (married or defacto)
Ex-Spouse (married or defacto)
Separated
Boyfriend/girlfriend
Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend
Other (please specify) __________
Widowed
Did you have primary care responsibilities? If yes, please indicate if this was for a child, sibling, parent or other Yes
Child
Parent
Sibling
Other: ___________
No
Do you identify as a person from a culturally and/or linguistically diverse background? Please specify Yes ____________________
No
Not sure
How was the person referred to DVCS? Originally (if already a client) At time of incident in question
__Self-referral __Self-referral
__Police __Police
__Friend/family member __Friend/family member
__Other service provider (please specify) __Other service provider (please specify)
__Unknown/not stated __Unknown/not stated
__Not applicable  

Purpose and scope

The purpose of this survey is to obtain your views about your experience with the criminal justice system after a family violence incident in 2007–08. The survey is confidential and anonymous and will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. The information you give will help government and non-government services find better ways of assisting family violence victims through the justice system.

Consent information (to be read to participant)

By providing consent to participate in this project you agree that research data collected for the purpose of the study may be published in a form that does not identify you in any way. You can withdraw your consent to participate in this survey at any time without giving a reason.

Introduction to survey

Describe the incident to be discussed and ask participant if they remember the incident and are comfortable answering questions about it. Clarify how the participant wants the other person identified etc.

Part 1—About the incident(s)
What was the relationship between you and the other person at the time of the family violence incident in question? Spouse (married or defacto)
Ex-Spouse (married or defacto)
Separated
Boyfriend/girlfriend
Ex-boyfriend/girlfriend
Other (please specify) __________
Please indicate which of the following happened as a result of the incident? Please tick all that are relevant A) Injuries
__I was not injured
__I had bruising or abrasions
__I had cuts or lacerations
__I had redness/swelling
__I was concussed
__I had a broken bone/fracture
__I had hair pulled out
__I had some other type of injury. Please specify _______________________
__Sexual assault
B) Damage to property
__There was substantial property damage
__There was minor property damage
__There was no property damage
C) Pets
__I did not have a pet
__I had a pet but it was not present during the incident
__My pet was injured
__There were threats to injure my pet
Please indicate if others were present (ie witnessed) the incident or were close by/in another room Present Close/other room
Child/ren  
Other family  
Friend  
Other known to me  
Other not known to me  
Please indicate where the incident took place __In a dwelling shared by myself and the other person
__In my dwelling (not shared with the other person)
__In the other person’s dwelling
__In another dwelling (eg friend, family member etc)
__In another place (eg shopping centre, park, restaurant/pub)
At the time of the incident, did you have a protection order in place against the other person? Yes
No
Not sure
As a result of the incident did you apply for a protection order? Yes
No
Not sure
Part 2—Police involvement
Who notified the police about the family violence incident you were a victim of? Myself
Witness to the incident (please specify)
Someone else (please specify)
Could you please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with the following statements about what happened when the police were called to the incident Strongly agree Agree Disagree Strongly disagree Don’t know
The police investigated the incident thoroughly 1 2 3 4 5
The police were sympathetic and supportive of me at the time of the incident 1 2 3 4 5
The police seemed to leave it up to me as to whether or not charges were laid 1 2 3 4 5
I felt reasonably safe once the police left as a result of their attendance/intervention 1 2 3 4 5
After the police left I was unsure what was going to happen next with the case 1 2 3 4 5
Generally speaking, how satisfied were you with the way the police handled your case at the time of the incident/offence? Please tick one response. Please explain the reason/s for your answer Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Neither satisfied nor dissatisfied Fairly dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Don’t know
To your knowledge, which of the following charge/s were laid against the other person in the family violence incident? __Common assault
__Assault occasioning actual bodily harm
__Sexual assault
__Some other form of assault
__Damage to property
__Breach of protection order
__Other—please specify__________
__No charges were laid
__Not sure/can’t say
To your knowledge have charges previously or subsequently been laid against this person in relation to a family violence matter concerning you? Previously Subsequently
Yes Yes
No No
Not sure Not sure
Did you at any time try to get the charges dropped? Can you tell me a little bit about why/why not? Yes
No
______________________________________________________
Part 3—The court case
Are you aware of how the accused pleaded to the charges? If so, can you please specify __I’m not sure what the plea was
__Pleaded guilty early (at 1st or 2nd court appearance)
__Pleaded guilty but I’m not sure when
__Pleaded not guilty at first but changed plea prior to hearing/trial
__Pleaded not guilty at first but changed plea during the hearing/trial
__Pleaded not guilty all the way through
Did you have any contact with the Prosecutor’s office (DPP) before the case was finalised in court? (For example the prosecutor, witness assistant, other) __Yes
__No (skip to Q16)
__Not sure
Generally speaking, how satisfied were you with the contact with the person/people from the prosecutor’s office? Please provide comment on your response __Very satisfied
__Fairly satisfied
__Fairly dissatisfied
__Very dissatisfied
__Can’t say
Did you go to court for this matter?

__Yes

__No (skip to Q18)
Did you testify/give evidence in the witness box?

__Yes

__No
Were you given the opportunity to prepare a Victim Impact Statement for the court __Yes
__No
__Not sure
Please indicate how strongly you agree or disagree with each of the following statements about your experiences before and during the court case Strongly agree Agree Neither agree nor disagree Disagree Strongly disagree Not applicable/no contact
I felt satisfied with the contact I had with the police in the period leading up to the court case 1 2 3 4 5 6
I felt satisfied with the contact I had with the prosecution in the period leading up to the court case 1 2 3 4 5 6
I felt satisfied with the contact I had with DVCS in the period leading up to the court case 1 2 3 4 5 6
I thought the prosecution case was well prepared 1 2 3 4 5 6
Prior to going to court I had plenty of opportunity to ask questions about what might happen (in court) 1 2 3 4 5 6
I felt satisfied with the amount of notice I was given about the date and time the case was going to court 1 2 3 4 5 6
I felt well prepared for giving evidence in court 1 2 3 4 5 6
There was a lot about the court proceedings I didn’t understand 1 2 3 4 5 6
Has the case been finalised and if so which of the following best describes the outcome? __The case hasn’t been completed yet
__The accused was convicted/found guilty of one or more charges
__The accused was found not guilty of all charges
__Some/all of the charges were dropped (please circle)
__I’m not sure what the outcome was
To your knowledge, what sentence did the other person receive? Please tick each that is applicable __Gaol/custodial sentence
__Periodic detention
__Suspended sentence
__Good behaviour order
__A fine
__Community service
__Ordered to attend counselling education program
__Not sure what the sentence was
__They have not been sentenced yet
__They were found not guilty
Which one of the following statements best describes your views about the outcome of the case? __I feel satisfied with the outcome and feel justice was done
__I am not satisfied with the outcome and feel that justice has not been done
__I’m not sure if I am satisfied with the outcome or not
__Don’t know
Why is that? _______________________________________________________
Did you feel a part of the criminal justice decision making process?

__Yes

__No
__Not sure
Why is that? _______________________________________________________
Did you have any other matters come before a court around the time of the incident?(eg custody, child protection, other criminal matter) __Yes (please provide detail) ________________________________________
__No
Part 4—DVCS
At the time of the incident in 2007–08 in what way(s) was DVCS helpful?
What other assistance/support would you have liked to receive from DVCS at the time of the 2007–08 incident?
How easy was it for you to access DVCS? Very easy Fairly easy Neither easy nor difficult Fairly difficult Very difficult Don’t know/can’t remember
1 2 3 4 5 6
For each of these services provided by DVCS, please indicate how satisfied you were with the support you received
Very satisfied Fairly satisfied Fairly dissatisfied Very dissatisfied Not sure Not applicable—did not receive
Crisis visit
Follow-up phone calls
Being updated on the case
Advocacy
Court support
Other (please specify)
How easy was it for you going through the criminal justice process in relation to the family violence incident in 07–08? Very easy Fairly easy Neither easy nor difficult Fairly difficult Very difficult
1 2 3 4 5
How easy do you think it would have been without the support of DVCS? Very easy Fairly easy Neither easy nor difficult Fairly difficult Very difficult
1 2 3 4 5
Prior to the incident were you involved with any other support services? If yes, please specify ___Yes (please specify) __________________________________
___No
___Not sure
What did you find most helpful from the other support service/s you accessed?
What other assistance/support would you have liked the other support service to provide?
Part 5—Aftermath, present and future needs
Following the court case did you feel that you were able to move on with your life? ___Yes
___No
___Not sure
Can you tell me what assisted you the most in moving on with your life?
Can you tell me what might have made a difference to you being able to move on with your life?
After the sentencing, did you receive any information or contact with Corrective Services or someone on behalf of Corrective Services? ___Yes
___No (skip Q42)
___Not sure (skip Q42)
What kind of contact did you receive (and from whom)?
What was good about the contact?
Was there anything you would have liked to be different about the contact (or if No to Q39 above answer with respect to the lack of contact)?
Have you been re-assaulted by the same person since the court case finalised? ___Yes
___No (skip Q46)
___Not sure (skip Q46)
Did you contact the police? ___Yes (skip Q46)
___No
What was the main reason you didn’t notify police about the incident following the case being finalised? __Too trivial/ unimportant
__Someone else told police
__Nothing the police could do
__Private matter/ would take care of it myself
__Told someone else instead
__Did not want other person punished
__Afraid of reprisal
__Too confused/ upset/ injured
__Other (please specify)
In the future, if you were to be hurt or assaulted in a family violence situation how likely would you be to... Definitely Probably Probably not Definitely not Don’t know/not sure
Call for police assistance? 1 2 3 4 5
Be involved in another prosecution? 1 2 3 4 5
Have contact with DVCS? 1 2 3 4 5
What made the biggest difference to you going through the criminal justice process as a victim of family violence?
Are there any other comments you’d like to make?