Domestic Violence Perpetrators and their total number of domestic incidents reported to ADF and ADF subcontracted organisations from the year 2010-2019.

elisabeth cann made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Defence

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From: elisabeth cann

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Dear Department of Defence,

For the years 2010-2019 inclusive, please provide the Percentage of accused vs convicted ADF enlisted Domestic Violence Perpetrators and their general outcomes (guilty/not guilty/undecided/nill/administrative duties etc) in Defence court proceedings. In particular, what percentage of ADF members who are found guilty/or accused in Civilian court were also tried through the Defence court with a similar outcome?. In addition please provide the total number of domestic incidents reported to ADF and ADF subcontracted organizations (including domestic violence in ALL forms) from the year 2010-2019.

Yours faithfully,

Elisabeth Cann

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Good morning,

 

Thank you for your attached FOI inquiry, dated 2 November 2019, relating
to ADF domestic violence statistics.

 

I note that your request is seeking access to documents over a nine year
period. Under section 24AA of the FOI Act and for the purposes of section
24 of the FOI Act, Defence considers that a 'practical refusal reason'
exists in relation to your FOI request.  Specifically, Defence considers
that the work involved in processing the request in its current form would
substantially and unreasonably divert the resources of the Defence from
its other operations.  In particular, a very significant amount of
resources would have to be diverted to arrange for the required searches
to be undertaken, to then review any documents that were identified as
being possibly relevant to your request.  And finally, to undertake the
decision making process on any documents that did meet the parameters of
your request.

 

This diversion would constitute a significant drain on the resources of
the agency, and would have an unreasonable, substantial and adverse effect
in the ability of areas to conduct their normal business.

 

In accordance with section 24AB of the FOI Act, Defence is required to
consult with you advising of the intention to refuse access to your
request in its current form.

 

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me within 14 days to discuss.

 

Notwithstanding all of the above, I would suggest you provide a smaller
date range for the documents you seek.

 

I encourage you to contact me so I can assist you in moving forward with
your inquiry.

 

Kind regards,

 

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