Counting and Contextualising Domestic and Family Violence Deaths

The 3rd STOP Domestic Violence Conference Australia will be held at Rydges Melbourne from Monday 4 – Tuesday 5 December.

Ms Anna Butler, Member of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network will be joining us this year to discuss “Counting and contextualising domestic and family violence deaths: Preliminary data findings of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network”.

Counting and contextualising domestic and family violence deaths

Anna Butler

Contextualising and quantifying deaths involving a domestic or family violence history is a primary function of individual domestic and family violence death review processes in Australia. These review processes operate in coronial jurisdictions in New South Wales, South Australia, Victoria, Queensland and the Northern Territory, and from the Office of the Western Australian Ombudsman.

Despite differences in the operation of individual review bodies there are significant similarities between the methodologies, processes and findings across mechanisms. As a consequence, these review bodies collaborate under the auspices of the Australian Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Network (The Network), which was established in 2011.

In 2016 the Network established data collection variables and in 2017 the Network has completed the first stage of its national data collection process for domestic violence context intimate partner homicide cases.

This presentation outlines findings from this collaboration. In addition to counting homicides, this dataset reflects the unique quality and contribution of death review teams highlighting histories of violence, victimisation and perpetration through a quantitative lens.

This world-first collaboration demonstrates the unique contribution that death review data can make within intervention and prevention spaces, and illustrates the importance of inter-jurisdictional collaboration in understanding and responding to the complex multi-stratum issues associated with domestic and family violence.

The 2017 STOP Domestic Violence Conference will embark on the theme of ‘Domestic Violence Does Not Discriminate’ with nine featured speakers and over 50 expert stream/ workshop presenters.  The Conference aims to provide a platform for a unified national voice on ending domestic violence.

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