Reliable and regular data collection is a prerequisite for the prevention of gender-based violence, and for policy development and advancement. Statistics provide background knowledge for justice sector priorities and decisions and for the informed direction of state resources. The justice sector should have access to recent statistics on prevalence and incidence of cases of violence against women. Strategies to support and increase data collection include:
Tools for Data Collection:
Survey Module for Measuring Violence against Women (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe). This module has been developed and tested to enable countries to collect a minimum set of information to measure the prevalence of physical, sexual and intimate partner violence contained in the Report of the Friends of the Chair of the United Nations Statistical Commission on Indicators on Violence against Women. The module has been tested in Armenia, Georgia, Mexico, the Republic of Moldova and South Africa. The survey instrument and guidance for implementing the survey are available in English.
Surveying Justice: A Practical Guide to Household Surveys (Himelein et al., 2010). English
Challenges in Measuring Violence Against Women (Garcia-Moreno and Jansen, 2009). PowerPoint which discusses essential principles and challenges of measuring violence against women and offers tools and resources to practitioners. English.
WHO Ethical and Safety Recommendations for Interviewing Trafficked Women (World Health Organization, 2003). Available in Armenian, Bosnian, Croatian, English, Japanese,Romanian, Russian, Spanish and Serbian.
Measuring Intimate Partner Violence Victimization and Perpetration: A Compendium of Assessment Tools (Thompson et al., 2006). English.
Violence Against Women and Girls: A Compendium of Monitoring and Evaluation Indicators (Bloom, 2008). English.
Demographic and Health Surveys, Measure DHS, DHS Domestic Violence Module (Demographic and Health Surveys, Measure DHS). English.
DHS FGC Module (Demographic and Health Surveys, Measure DHS). English.
The Domestic Abuse Information Network Database (Domestic Abuse Intervention Programs, USA) is a Microsoft Access database programme designed for use by domestic abuse agencies. It assembles the information necessary to track and monitor domestic assault related cases in a coordinated community response to domestic violence. The database can evaluate demographic data, number and types of arrests, case processing time, case dispositions, and re-offenses, as well as analyze police, court, and offender programme records and more. Reports show trends in the system and can help to determine policy or procedural changes that might need to be made. Screens include offender and victim demographic information, law enforcement events with corresponding details on risk factors, criminal court hearings and probation actions, civil court hearings and protection orders, and participation in offenders' programmes. To order via mail, click here. To order online, click here.
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