Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


Better family violence evidence needed

Better family violence evidence needed


The Families Commission is recommending improved ways to measure family violence so those working to reduce family violence can make better informed policies and decisions


The Commission, which funds the work of the New Zealand Family Violence Clearinghouse and the White Ribbon Campaign, has just released a report recommending ways data from key government agencies can be standardised to help build a consistent set of information to monitor trends in family violence.

Chief Families Commissioner Belinda Milnes says, “The sector needs consistent and reliable indicators to monitor trends and identify emerging issues to guide legal and policy changes that will help reduce family violence.”

“Family violence is a huge issue for this country - 58 percent of all violent crime is family violence-related, and making a difference here will make New Zealand a significantly less violent place. It’s also estimated that family violence costs this country $8 billion each and every year. Compare that with the cost of rebuilding Christchurch which is estimated to be a total of $40 billion.”

The report says clear and consistent definitions are needed to describe the behaviours that constitute family violence, and also the relationship between the perpetrator and victim.

“For example, if a person is hospitalised following a serious assault, the exact relationship between the victim and perpetrator needs to be recorded. Were they a current or former partner, boyfriend or girlfriend, parent, brother or sister? What was the exact nature of their injuries?”

The report recommends government agencies, and other organisations that collect information, develop and specify their own clear operational definitions of family violence.

It also recommends a provisional set of indicators is put in place to measure trends in family violence. Further work is needed to validate the indicators. For example if an identical occurrence happened in different regions or at different times in New Zealand, what is the likelihood of both being recorded as a ‘serious assault’?

“The role of the Families Commission is to increase the use of evidence for better informed decisions.”


Background

• The full report is available on the Commission’s website at http://www.familiescommission.org.nz/publications/research-reports/family-violence-indicators
• The Commission is a member of the cross sector Taskforce for Action on Violence within Families
• The focus of this work is on administrative data sources – ie data collected by the Ministries of Health, Justice, Social Development (CYF) and the Police.The report’s recommendations are:
o Using a consistent use of terminology
o Investigating the representativeness of the measures proposed
o Investigating the possibility of generating more appropriate measures of intimate partner violence
o Collecting a core set of variables in each data set
o Regular staff training on the importance of good quality data and the current standards for data collection within each agency.


ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Spy Update: Appointment Of GCSB Acting Director

GCSB Chief Legal Advisor Lisa Fong will become the Acting Director of the Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) from 15 February 2016, Minister Responsible for the GCSB Christopher Finlayson announced today. More>>

Protests Close Roads: TPP Signed In Auckland

“TPP was signed by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Canada, Chile, Japan, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Peru, Singapore, the United States and Viet Nam.” More>>

ALSO:

Emails Behind 'Diplomatic Immunity' Case: Whitehead Report Released

“As previously indicated the conclusions reached by Mr Whitehead’s investigation are not unexpected but they are very disappointing,” Mr Mccully says. “At the heart of the matter is a single email, along with procedural shortcomings, which gave Malaysian officials the impression it would be acceptable for Mr Rizalman to return to Malaysia." More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Treaty/TPP Overlap, And Iowa

The fears about the ISDS provisions in the Trans Pacific Partnership deal are well-founded. The reality is that there is a sharp uptick in the occurrence of ISDS litigation in developed countries, and even the right wing likes of The Economist have been souring on the process for some time. More>>

ALSO:

Christchurch Red Zone Offers: Fresh High Court Proceedings

Grant Cameron, Solicitor for the Quake Outcasts said “the action seeks judicial review of the Crown’s recent decision to make a fresh offer to purchase properties from uninsured property owners in red zones. More>>

ALSO:

PM's Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Waitangi And TPP

Prime Minister John Key on Tuesday said his office has received an invitation for him to visit the Lower Marae on Waitangi Day, but was waiting for a meeting of the Te Tii Marae Trustees. More>>

ALSO:

Flagged: 'Wrong Colour' Bridge Flag To Change

NZ First: Only 13 days after National trumpeted its legally questionable flag on Auckland Harbour Bridge, it is now coming down because it is the wrong colour... “Mr Key’s latest flag fiasco is another waste of taxpayers' money. Given it is coming down, down is exactly the location where it should remain. More>>

ALSO:

School's In: Children Head Back To School

“Across the whole of this year we expect 61,820 five year olds will begin their primary schooling for the first time,” says the Ministry of Education head of sector enablement and support Katrina Casey. More>>

ALSO:

Dog & Lemon: FBI Disagrees With NZ Government Over Police Chases

Multiple studies, quoted by the FBI, show that once suspects realise they're no longer being chased; they tend to slow down to normal driving speeds and therefore become far less of a risk. The FBI report also categorically rejected the argument that abandoning police chases meant ‘giving in’ to offenders. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news