PRIORITY THEMES FOR ENHANCEMENT - OVERVIEW
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:
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- 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.