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Survey Results Analysis

More than 1900 people responded to the Relationships Australia online survey in November.  Around four‑fifths of survey respondents (80%) identified as female.

As was the case for last month’s survey, more females than males responded in every age group (figure 1).  More than ninety per cent (92%) of survey respondents were aged between 20‑59 years, with the highest number of responses collected for women aged between 30-39 years (inclusive).

 

 

The demographic profile of survey respondents remains consistent with our experience of the people that would be accessing the Relationships Australia website.

When asked about the importance of a range of factors to the needs of victims of family violence, both male and female respondents to November’s monthly online survey assigned high levels of importance to all categories identified by the questions.  However, overall, respondents were more likely to report that family and psychological support were more important to meeting the needs of victims of family violence than the perpetrator making amends for the crime or being punished, the perpetrator apologising to the victim or financial compensation.

 

 

Female respondents were more likely than male respondents to report that it was important or very important for a victim of family violence to see the perpetrator punished (69% compared with 63%) or take responsibility for the crime and make amends (89% compared with 85%).  Almost all men and women reported that the support of family was important or very important in satisfying the victim’s needs, while women attached higher levels of importance to the victim receiving psychological support when compared to men (99% compared with 96%).

Around one-third of male and female survey respondents reported that they thought compensation was neither important nor unimportant, while a further two-thirds (Men 58%, women 64%) thought that compensation was important or very important in satisfying the victim’s needs.  Eighty-six per cent of men and seventy-seven per cent of women thought that the victim receiving an apology from the perpetrator was important or very important in satisfying the victim’s needs.

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