PURPOSE OF THIS PUBLICATION
The purpose of this publication is to provide an inventory of the current issues for data collection and dissemination in the field of family, domestic and sexual violence statistics. It acknowledges that for some organisations data are collected as a by-product of their day to day operations, and that this poses unique challenges for data improvement activities. It also provides practical next steps to improve the data environment.
This document supports the National Plan by identifying priority themes for data enhancement that can assist in improving the evidence base for family domestic and sexual violence in Australia. It outlines the basis for creating the National Data Collection and Reporting Framework and references the current data environment.
This document aims to:
- present a prioritised list of family, domestic and sexual violence policy and research questions that remain unanswered;
- outline the information flows through organisations that provide services to those affected by family, domestic and sexual violence;
- identify the critical gaps in the existing data and attempt to determine why these exist; and
- provide advice about the strategies and actions required to address the critical data gaps.
The findings presented are expected to:
- contribute to governments’ investment in decision-making processes;
- improve the overall quality of Australia’s official statistical assets;
- enhance the utilisation of these assets; and
- enable effective data integration and comparability.
The allocation of resources to support investments in response to the identified priority themes remains with governments as well as the respective data custodian organisations.
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