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Improve the collection of Indigenous specific data relating to family violence

Recommendation:
152
Status:
In progress

Who is leading the change

  • Department of Premier and Cabinet

Victoria Police, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice and Regulation and the Department of Education and Training improve the collection of Indigenous specific data relating to family violence so that this can be shared with communities, organisations and governance forums to inform local, regional and statewide responses.

  • To improve data collection across the family violence response, a Victorian Family Violence Data Collection Framework (the Data Collection Framework) has been developed for use across government and by collaborating agencies.

    The Data Collection Framework provides the consistent data definitions, standards and recording practices needed to be able to improve the collection of family violence-related information, including the collection of Aboriginal-specific data relating to family violence.

    The Data Collection Framework will standardise the collection and output of family violence information, and includes:

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

    The Data Collection Framework also provides a specific focus on the improvement of data collection in relation to:

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

    Where possible, the definitions and standards in the Data Collection Framework will align with national standards and classifications so that data can be compared.

    In delivering the Data Collection Framework, an evaluation of Victoria's current family violence data holdings and data gaps will also be conducted. This analysis will identify the improvements required in the collection of data relating to family violence, including data specific to Aboriginal communities.

    A plan will then be developed to address the identified gaps. This will include:

    • examining the administrative data systems of relevant departments to determine the extent and feasibility of potential changes to be able to collect the required 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 Data Collection Framework 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.

    Alongside the Family Violence Outcomes Framework, the Data Collection Framework 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 Data Collection Framework will be used to improve data collection of Indigenous specific data relating to family violence by informing data collection system improvements and updates due to occur in an incremental roll-out.

    Further work is underway to improve data sharing with communities, organisations and governance forums to inform local, regional and statewide responses.

  • 31 December 2020.

Reviewed 17 May 2020

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