National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS)
Findings from the 2017 National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey are now live. Read them at ncas.anrows.org.au/findings
The National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey, or NCAS, is a resource for anyone wanting to understand and prevent the serious and prevalent problem of violence against women.
It can be used by community educators, policy-makers, program planners, researchers, journalists, and students.
The NCAS tells us how people understand violence against women, their attitudes towards it, what influences their attitudes, and if there has been a change over time. It also gauges attitudes to gender equality and people’s preparedness to intervene when witnessing violence or its precursors.
The survey collects information through telephone interviews with over 17,500 Australians 16 years of age and over. Results are analysed for:
- the Australian community as a whole;
- each state and territory;
- young people;
- Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders;
- people from non-English speaking backgrounds;
- people with disabilities; and
- other relevant demographic and contextual indicators.
The NCAS is the world’s longest-running survey of community attitudes towards violence against women. The first survey took place in 1987. It has evolved over time, with the current NCAS based on a survey used in 1995.
Along with the 2017 NCAS summary report, additional resources are available to help assist in the communication of NCAS findings and messages. These include:
- Key messages guide;
- An NCAS 2017 “cheat sheet”, with information about the survey, itself
- Standard responses to possible questions from the public
- Infographics for use on social media
- A copy of the ANROWS media release
- A video on the 2017 NCAS key findings; and
- A summary video of the 2017 NCAS findings.
Coming in 2019
Alongside the summary of findings and the main report, additional reports and resources set for release in 2019 will cover:
- young people’s attitudes towards violence against women;
- Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders’ attitudes towards violence against women;
- attitudes to violence against women among people born in non-main English speaking countries; and
- the NCAS database.