Administrative data on VAW

Last edited: March 17, 2020

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The Joint Programme is developing a global guidance on the collection and use of administrative data on violence against women. As part of this process a background paper has been developed.

Some of the key points from the background paper A Synthesis of Evidence on the Collection and Use of Administrative Data on Violence against Women:

  • Administrative data are defined as any data generated through routine operations. These data are generally drawn from the routine service-based records or from the internal administrative processes of an organization.  Administrative data on VAW is (or could be) gathered routinely when providing services and support to a survivor or responding to an alleged or convicted perpetrator. These data come from different types of service providers, such as the police, prosecutors, courts, social welfare agencies, social services providers, child protection, women’s shelters, violence hotlines, and the health sector.
  • The need for data on violence against women (VAW), including from administrative sources, is currently high on the global agenda. Yet, despite the potential importance of such administrative data for improving policy and programmes, benefiting survivors and ensuring accountability of perpetrators, synthesis of good practices and guidance for their collection from and use by different sectors is generally lacking.

Download the paper in English.

In the process of developing the background paper, an  Expert Group Meeting on Administrative Data on Violence Against Women was held from 24-26 September 2019 in New York. The main points form the Expert Group Meeting are summarized below: 

This Expert Group Meeting (EGM) was a critical forum convened to build momentum on the work on violence against women (VAW) administrative data. The meeting presented a collective learning opportunity to address VAW administrative data gaps under the broader umbrella of efforts to end VAW. The meeting brought together experts from relevant sectors from different regions to discuss strategic and feasible approaches to collect and use administrative data.

Meeting report

List of participants

Experts’ recommendations

This EGM sought to gather guidance, advice, and expertise to inform the development of global guidance and to solve challenging issues identified in the background paper developed for this purpose. The meeting objectives were: (i) to gather technical expertise and advice from global, regional, and national experts to guide the development of global guidance; (ii) to draw lessons learned from regional and country experience to inform thinking about the pathway forward for the collection, storage, analysis, sharing and reporting of VAW administrative data; and (iii) to seek specific recommendations from experts on critical and challenging elements for collection, storage, analysis, sharing and reporting of administrative data on VAW.