EXPERIENCE OF VICTIMS AND PERPETRATORS
Information relating to the experience of victims and perpetrators can be used to identify population groups that are over-represented in both categories, and to profile high-risk groups. Information can also inform the needs of individuals and communities so that programs can be differentiated, as necessary, based on culture, socioeconomic status, gender and sexuality, place or location and other relevant individual attributes. Information can also be used to inform and educate the general public.
Another area for which an understanding of family, domestic and sexual violence incidents, victims and perpetrators is needed is the planning and provision of appropriately targeted services through various government and private systems. These services include:
- police response;
- court support services;
- services dealing specifically with family, domestic and sexual violence;
- health, medical, disability and community services;
- treatment and rehabilitation programs;
- child protection services; and
- education and prevention programs.
Interactions between individuals and services take place within the context of perceptions and beliefs about family, domestic and sexual violence as well as the fear and possibility of recurrence of violence. Specific services may be required for different groups of people affected by family, domestic and sexual violence, and the ability to appropriately recognise these people is essential for providing appropriate services to reduce violence and other negative outcomes.
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