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4529.0.00.002 - Bridging the data gaps for family, domestic and sexual violence, 2013  
Latest ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 25/11/2013  First Issue
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A number of challenges and constraints exist for the development of a family, domestic and sexual violence evidence base. These require mitigating strategies to make the most of the opportunities and available data.

This chapter presents three priority themes (Diagram 8) each containing a number of strategies that may be implemented to improve the evidence base for family, domestic and sexual violence. The priority themes were identified through the following process:

  • determining the priority questions about family, domestic and sexual violence;
  • reviewing the current data sources and the information flows between organisations; and
  • assessing the current priority questions against information requirements.

Existing family, domestic and sexual violence data sources provide a vast repository of information. A number of key issues have been identified and are as follows:
  • no consistent data definition or identification method for family, domestic and sexual violence;
  • multiple entry points into data collection, therefore increased likelihood of double counting;
  • large number of agencies involved in service provision;
  • information collected differently across and within agencies;
  • IT systems and infrastructure varies between agencies;
  • standards and classifications are disparate and organisation specific, and
  • data are not interpretable from a family, domestic and sexual violence perspective.

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