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Adopt a consistent and comprehensive approach to data collection on people with disabilities

Recommendation:
170
Status:
Implemented

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Health and Human Services

The Victorian Government adopt a consistent and comprehensive approach to the collection of data on people with disabilities who experience or perpetrate family violence. This should include collecting data from relevant services - for example, incident reports made to the Department of Health and Human Services by disability services when family violence has occurred.

  • The Royal Commission into Family ViolenceExternal Link identified that the special circumstances of certain groups are not always sufficiently recorded in data collection. The Family Violence Data Collection Framework (FVDCF) is being developed to improve and standardise family violence data collection across government and collaborating agencies.

    The FVDCF will provide consistent data definitions, standards and recording practices, including data collection about people with disabilities who are experiencing or perpetrating family violence. Where possible, the definitions and standards in the framework will align with national standards and classifications so that data can easily be compared.

    The framework will include:

    • a common set of agreed data definitions and standards
    • a common set of recording practices for collecting demographic information across agencies who capture family violence data
    • a set of performance indicators.

    Focus will also be given to improving our data collection about:

    • older people
    • Aboriginal people
    • people from culturally and linguistically diverse communities
    • lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, gender diverse and intersex people.

    In developing the FVDCF, government will evaluate family violence data currently held in Victoria and data gaps, including a review of disability services' critical incident reporting. This analysis will identify how the collection of data relating to family violence can be improved, highlighting incidents of family violence involving people living with a disability. Government can then develop a plan to address the identified gaps including:

    • examining the administrative data systems of relevant departments to determine changes required to collect data
    • developing a capability-building plan that addresses the training of workers to capture and record data correctly in administrative data systems.
  • The Family Violence Data Collection Framework provides a consistent approach to the collection of data on people with disabilities who experience or perpetrate family violence.

    The Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) collects information regarding disability, and work is ongoing to strengthen data collection through focussing on cognitive disability. There is also data collected regarding disability and clients of The Orange Door services.

    The Family Violence Outcomes Framework Measurement and Monitoring Implementation Strategy outlines a staged approach to building the validity and reliability of outcomes data over the next three years in parallel to delivery of the reform, including the collection of data on people with disabilities who experience or perpetrate family violence.

  • Implemented.

Reviewed 28 September 2021

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