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To monitor the Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) program and inform service development.
This is an annual one month data collection snapshot for the DVRS Program.
The New South Wales Health Policy and Procedures for Identifying and Responding to Domestic Violence (2003, revised 2006) required the introduction of routine screening of eligible women for domestic violence in the antenatal, early childhood health, mental health, and alcohol and other drugs services program streams by the end of 2004. The screening format has been provided by the New South Wales Department of Health. Other services in addition to the four target program areas may also screen.
DEFINITION OF FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
Domestic Violence is defined according to New South Wales Health’s Domestic Violence policy as:
Violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour carried out by an adult against a partner or former partner to control and dominate that person. Domestic violence causes fear, physical and/or psychological harm. It is most often violent, abusive or intimidating behaviour by a man against a woman. Living with domestic violence has a profound effect upon children and young people and constitutes a form of child abuse.
The questions asked in the screening process are:
Q1 Within the last year have you been hit, slapped or hurt in other ways by your partner or ex-partner?
Q2 Are you frightened of your partner or ex-partner?
Aspects of family and domestic violence captured by this database are:
RELATIONSHIP TO DEFINING THE DATA CHALLENGE FOR FAMILY, DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL VIOLENCE (cat. no. 4529.0)
The summary table below is designed to indicate the amount of information available for each of the six elements outlined in Defining the Data Challenge for Family, Domestic and Sexual Violence, 2013 (cat. no. 4529.0). This is a subjective assessment made by the ABS about the data collected and is not an indication of data quality.
The following tables provide a detailed analysis of the availability of specified data elements in the data source. The data items have been grouped into four counting units:
3. Incident/Event; and
Tables are absent from the entry in cases where the data source contains no data items which relate to the particular counting unit/s.
Please note: This data source does not contain any data items relevant to this counting unit.
Annual one month data collection snapshots are undertaken between 1-30 November. Each screening facility completes a data collection proforma, provided by the NSW Department of Health. Proformas are submitted to the Area Health Service for collating into program areas and sign-off.
Women can have more than one action taken on their behalf and are counted against each type of action taken (e.g. Police notifications, Department of Community Services reports, and numbers of referrals to any service. Similarly, individual women may be referred to more than one service, and thus counted more than once in the total number of other referrals.
Women who answer ‘yes’ to either or both screening questions are then asked:
SCOPE / TARGET POPULATION
“Eligible women”, that is, all women attending antenatal and early childhood services, and women aged 16 and over attending mental health, alcohol and other drugs, or other services.
Some “eligible women” may not be screened, or screening may not be completed for reasons including ‘presence of partner’, ‘presence of others’, declined to answer question, or other reasons (eg lack of private space, interruption, domestic violence already identified therefore screening was not necessary etc.).
Note that services may count ‘eligible women’ differently, eg new clients only.
DATA AVAILABILITY / DISSEMINATION
NSW Health Publications - Violence
Collection commenced: 2003
Break in series: no
Other details: n/a
OTHER DIRECTORY DATA SOURCES HELD BY THIS AGENCY
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