The Prevention of Family Violence Data Platform was developed:
- in partnership with the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency (CSA)
- and in response to Recommendation 143 of the Royal Commission into Family Violence.
The Data Platform supports the state's progress towards its goal of preventing family violence and all forms of violence against women. It draws from over 35 existing valid data sources on the prevalence of violence and community attitudes towards gender inequality, and other markers of discrimination.
The Data Platform is hosted on the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency (CSA) website.
The purpose of the Prevention of Family Violence Data Platform
The Data Platform is designed to:
- enable monitoring of long-term, population-level progress towards the primary prevention of family violence and all forms of violence against women in Victoria
- improve targeting of programs through measurement and analysis of the drivers of violence
- guide and support the prioritisation of primary prevention policy, program design and investment in Victoria
- drive the consolidation, expansion, and uptake of the quantitative evidence-base and enable the identification of key data gaps to highlight opportunities for future investment in data collection.
Data has been collected since 2009, with new data sets and currently presented data sources to be updated as it becomes available.
Achieving long-term change
Preventing family violence and all forms of violence against women requires long-term investment. While some Data Platform indicators are more likely to demonstrate change sooner than others, they may not show marked positive change in the drivers and prevalence of family violence and all forms of violence against women in Victoria for some time.
Significant and sustained reductions in the prevalence of violence requires:
- long-term, sustained policy investment
- effective, evidence-based prevention efforts
- continued investment in intervention and response.
Who is the Platform for?
The Data Platform is designed for:
- Victorian Government decision-makers – for primary prevention monitoring, reporting, policy and program planning, strategic investment planning, and data investment planning
- the primary prevention sector – to help inform primary prevention program development
- researchers and data custodians – to help identify and address gaps in the primary prevention evidence base the public
- the media and others – to explore data on the prevention of family violence and violence against women in Victoria.