4529.0.00.002 - Bridging the data gaps for family, domestic and sexual violence, 2013  
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There are a range of government agencies and NGOs that respond to family, domestic and sexual violence. Multiple organisations are responsible for different aspects of response, service delivery and policy development and these often operate independently. The ‘Time for Action’ report suggests that an integrated, coordinated and collaborative approach between, and across government, communities and individuals is necessary to address the multi-faceted determinants of violence (FaHCSIA, 2009b).

The National Plan provides the framework for action by the Commonwealth, state and territory governments to reduce the incidence of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia. In order to set appropriate targets for the reduction of violence in the community, measureable indicators are required to answer key questions in relation to family, domestic and sexual violence. The overarching question to be addressed by the evidence base is:

What is the nature and extent of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia?

Answering this question is critical to fulfilling the vision of the National Plan; that Australian women and their children live free from violence in safe communities.

To measure the success of this vision, Australian governments set a target for significant and sustained reductions in violence against women and their children. To assess whether this target has been achieved, four high‐level indicators of change were chosen to evaluate progress:
  • Reduced prevalence of domestic violence and sexual assault;
  • Increased proportion of women who feel safe in their communities;
  • Reduced deaths related to domestic violence and sexual assault; and
  • Reduced proportion of children exposed to their mother’s or carer’s experience of domestic violence.
Beyond these headline indicators, however, the evidence base must support a comprehensive analysis of family, domestic and sexual violence that informs policy development, operational decision making and research requirements.

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