DATA ENVIRONMENT – KEY ISSUES
State and territory government structures determine which organisations are responsible for family, domestic and sexual violence responses. These vary significantly across jurisdictions. The initial environment scan revealed that there were a number of key organisations involved in responses to, and subsequent collection of, administrative information for family, domestic and sexual violence events. Each organisation is separately responsible for collecting information about the work or service they provide (see Appendix 3 for more detailed information). The environmental scan highlighted a number of issues for family, domestic and sexual violence data. The complex service arrangements for responding to family, domestic and/or sexual violence shape the information environment and are illustrated in Diagram 4.
The key issues uncovered include, but are not limited to the following:
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- police and human service information is collected and reported at the state level but is not collated by a central organisation for release at a national level for family, domestic and sexual violence information;
- police protective orders and associated breaches are not well captured in existing national police and courts collections;
- referral pathways and take up of services are not captured in all states and territories, nor at the national level;
- an understanding of provision of human services and when to intervene is not available;
- specialist court information is often not represented in national publications;
- civil court matters (where most applications for protective orders are heard) are not reported in existing national collections; and
- a number of agencies (including hospitals, emergency services and child protection) collect administrative data in a manner that is not conducive to transforming the data into statistical information for purposes other than that for which they are collected.