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Ensure the Victorian Family Violence Index measures the extent of and response to family violence in different communities

Recommendation:
143
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

The Victorian Government ensure that the proposed Victorian Family Violence Index measures, as far as possible, the extent of and response to family violence in different communities.

  • With the establishment of Respect Victoria as a Statutory Authority in October 2018, the body of work formerly known as the Family Violence Index project (recommendation 143 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence), was transferred from the Office for Women to Respect Victoria. The project is now known as the Prevention of Family Violence Data Platform (PFVDP).

    Respect Victoria has taken a lead role since late 2018. In 2019 a memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between Respect Victoria and the Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) to resource and support the development of the project. A Steering Committee of government and university sector representatives has been established to provide project oversight.The PFVDP will be housed and made publicly accessible alongside the Victorian Family Violence Data Portal on the CSA website.

    The platform will provide a vital tool for Respect Victoria, government, researchers and all organisations working on family violence prevention to track population-level progress in reducing the prevalence of all forms of family violence and violence against women. This will include information on underlying drivers and risk factors and on prevention efforts. This will also help identify gaps in data for different communities to ensure that we can measure progress for all Victorians.

  • Respect Victoria completed the first phase of the project in March 2020. A conceptual framework outlining the primary prevention data indicators that will be used to measure Victoria’s progress towards the prevention of family violence has been developed.  

    The second phase comprised the platform build and testing. A data acquisition plan was developed, and key data sets acquired, including from the National Community Attitudes towards Violence against Women Survey (NCAS), Household, Income and Labour Dynamics in Australia survey (HILDA) and the Personal Safety Survey (PSS). The CSA have worked with Respect Victoria to establish the data dashboard prototypes. Useability testing of the platform with key stakeholders took place over August-October 2020.

    Feedback from testing is now informing the final stage of development and the platform is being populated with data (and associated analysis and commentary) against some 87 discrete measures aligned with indicators from the Free from Violence strategy outcomes framework. The project is on track for implementation by 31 March 2021.

  • Forecast implementation date: 31 March 2021.

Reviewed 07 January 2021

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