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

In progress

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 Violence 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. 
  • To improve the statewide family violence data collection and research, the FVDCF was commissioned by the Department of Premier and Cabinet and developed by the Crime Statistics Agency following an extensive engagement process with key stakeholders across government, advocacy groups and peak bodies. Read the finalised Victorian family violence data collection framework.

    Alongside the Family Violence Outcomes Framework, the FVDCF is intended to guide the family violence service system, including government departments, providers and agencies, to adopt consistent approaches to collecting information on family violence and core demographic details, making information more useful. It includes a common set of family violence and demographic data items, definitions and standards, and advice on recording practices for collecting demographic information. 

    The FVDCF will be used to improve data collection on people with disabilities by informing data collection system improvements and updates due to occur in an incremental roll-out. 

    The Department of Premier and Cabinet and Family Safety Victoria have aligned the FVDCF with the Multi-Agency Risk Assessment and Management Framework (MARAM) and have developed guidance for departments in their role as data custodians, and owners of data collection and information technology systems. The guidance outlines the relationship between the FVDCF and the MARAM, helps departments to understand their obligations under MARAM and describes the mutually reinforcing nature of the FVDCF and MARAM in building the evidence base on family violence. 

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 December 2019.

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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