Reporting violence to police: a survey of victims attending domestic violence services 

Author(s) Birdsey, Emma and Lucy Snowball
Title Reporting violence to police: a survey of victims attending domestic violence services
Source Crime and Justice Statistics Bureau Brief, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, October 2013, Issue paper no. 91
Date 2013
Document type Journal article
Coverage NSW, Australia
Summary The aim of this study was to investigate what proportion of victims of domestic violence report the matter to police and explore the factors and reasons associated with non-reporting. There were 300 domestic violence (DV) victims participating in the study, recruited from a variety of DV services across NSW. It was found that nearly two-thirds of respondents had reported at least one of their previous incidents of DV to the police and just over half reported their most recent incident of violence. The top three reasons for respondents not reporting their most recent abuse to police was fear of revenge or further violence, feeling embarrassed or ashamed, or they thought the incident was too trivial or unimportant. The results suggest there are a number of factors that influence respondents to report the DV violence to police, including if they had an AVO against the offender, if they had experienced property damage, if they were physically injured from the assault, if the abuse was physical or sexual, and if they felt their children were at risk. The authors suggest that further education of the public, police, and victims, is needed, about the nature of DV abuse, including the range and seriousness of behaviours within domestic violence.
Keywords Domestic abuse; reporting; police; victim survey; domestic violence services
Topic Domestic violence