INFORMATION UNIT - 'PERSON' DATA ITEMS
This section identifies and describes the key data items for collection about the person information unit. It also provides general guidelines for collecting this information with references to existing data collection standards which can be adopted to ensure that data is being collected consistently across a range of organisations.
The collection of data about a person can have numerous benefits including improving:
§ information about the prevalence of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia;
§ understanding about who experiences, or is exposed to incidents of family, domestic and sexual violence;
§ initiatives aimed at prevention through the identification of common risk factors; and
§ formal responses by highlighting the types of barriers people face when attempting to access support services following an event of family, domestic and sexual violence.
A range of data items have been included to enable the identification of the population groups of interest (for more information, see Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0). However, it is important to note that the DCRF aims to outline key data items only. As a result, organisations may need to consider the addition of further data items for the statistical measurement of population groups of interest.
The recommended key data items for the ‘person’ information unit are highlighted in Diagram 3. In order to make it possible to count the number of persons that have contacted an organisation within a given reference period, a unique identifier for each individual person is required, such as a ‘Linkage Key’.
Diagram 4: Data Items required for the ‘person’ information unit
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