Families Commission get violent on us
The Families Commission has a survey on family violence on their site the couch. The problem is that this tax payer funded survey is crap, and it is poorly designed.
The Commission asks whether various forms of family conflict is family violence, except they don't say conflict they ask whether violence is family violence. This automatically assumes that the Families Commission considers all family conflict as violent, and is a bit like asking, "Is violence committed by a bank robber on a teller during a bank raid on a crowded bank a public display of violence?"
To ask whether "violence between the following people is family violence" is a clear indication of bias in the survey approach. To ask, "is a violent action violent" is immediately telling the person filling out the person the intended outcome. Interestingly enough, the Commission refuses to ask whether people think that physical discipline in the home is violence, or whether people think that it is acceptable.
The fact that many of the questions are leading and that they are open to different interpretations over the definition of violence means that it is impossible to draw a conclusion from the survey. Consequently it is impossible for anyone to analyse the data to draw a quantitative result - the data will always have to be reinterpreted by the survey analyst with a number of presumptions over what is meant by "violence".
Why doesn't the Families Commission ask what people consider as violent? Probably for the same reason why they refuse to do a poll surveying peoples attitudes on physical discipline in the home.