UNDERSTANDING THE ENVIRONMENT - OVERVIEW
Multiple organisations are often involved in the immediate and follow-up responses to a family, domestic or sexual violence event. As a result a myriad of administrative information is collected at a number of entry points for a single event of family, domestic and sexual violence. The range of potential sources of administrative data includes:
- civil courts;
- criminal courts;
- child protection units;
- emergency accommodation;
- family and domestic service provision;
- sexual assault service provision; and
- counselling and support services.
This data has the potential to inform understandings of, and responses to family, domestic and sexual violence. For the purposes of this project it is essential to assess the utility of the information that is collected, and understand how it moves within and between these organisations. This was achieved by conducting a scan of the family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia data environment (see Appendix 2
for methodology). This chapter presents the key issues and findings from this exercise.
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