COUNTING FAMILY AND DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
As an area of concern, family and domestic violence is a term that represents different behaviours and parameters across researchers, service providers, and multiple disciplines and jurisdictions.
The statistical challenge is to derive information and data elements that:
- cover the concepts, terminology, definitions and data items that support user-defined measures of FDV;
- appropriately capture the elements of each jurisdiction’s legislation; and
- provide a tool for the capture of data required by users for development of policy at all levels of government, research and evaluation, and planning of services and service delivery.
Once appropriate data elements have been determined, it is important to give consideration to some of the methodological considerations in obtaining information about family and domestic violence, including the limitations encountered with FDV data collection, and possible data sources.