THE WAY FORWARD
Unlocking information about family, domestic and sexual violence has potential benefits for the Australian community and the organisations that support them. Refining administrative data collection activities and ensuring data items are collected in a consistent and comparable manner will set the stage for robust reporting and a more flexible evidence base.
The DCRF is the basis of a shared understanding of family, domestic and sexual violence and is the first step to improving the evidence base. It can assist and guide organisations in the implementation of new systems or when considering existing measurement issues. Adoption of the key data items outlined in the DCRF will provide the foundations for the creation of strong reporting frameworks, at the local, jurisdictional and national levels.
The next step in developing a statistical evidence base for family, domestic and sexual violence is the application of the DCRF to existing administrative datasets. However, it is important to note that the DCRF is not limited to existing datasets. It can also be used to establish new data collection activities to fill gaps in the evidence base. The ABS is committed to providing statistical leadership to improve its statistical information. And as custodian of crime and justice datasets will be taking steps to apply the DCRF principles in augmenting these datasets to unlock family, domestic and sexual violence information.
A shift in the components of current information environments to adopt the DCRF may require ICT system improvements and/or change at the operational level. These changes may incur a cost to organisations, as will the establishment and agreement of conceptual standards to datasets that require improvement or do not currently exist.
The development and implementation of the DCRF requires ongoing and continued commitment from Australian government and non-government organisations. Furthermore, funding arrangements for the long term development of statistical assets in Australia to support a robust family, domestic and sexual violence evidence base will require negotiation and agreement by Australian governments.
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