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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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APPENDIX 1 - PROJECT METHODOLOGY: THE PRIORITY QUESTIONS

Through extensive consultation Defining the data challenge identified more than 100 relevant research and policy questions. This list was refined to eliminate overlaps and to align with the four national indicators. The outcome of this was 38 questions grouped in five areas as displayed in Table 4.

Table 4: Refined priority questions from Defining the data challenge


The five key areas of interest were identified from these questions:
  • prevalence and incidence of family, domestic and sexual violence;
  • characteristics of victims of family, domestic and sexual violence;
  • characteristics of perpetrators of family, domestic and sexual violence;
  • responses, and services provided, to those who have experienced family, domestic and sexual violence events; and
  • government (including education and policy) and community (including beliefs and attitudes) responses.

To determine the priority ranking of the questions, a variety of government agencies and NGOs were consulted to assess the questions in terms of importance, frequency and level of geographic need. The 38 questions were separated into three tiers, with the first tier representing questions of critical importance. The first tier comprised 12 questions related to prevalence and incidence, effective service provider response and support mechanisms for individuals who have experienced family, domestic and sexual violence. An examination of the first tier priority questions highlighted the interrelationships between concepts and data items required to build an evidence base. It also highlighted the primary focus on women and children. The process of refining the questions is summarised in Table 5.
Table 5: The relationship of the first tier questions to the refined data questions


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