Submission to the Victorian Legislative Assembly’s Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Capturing Data on Family Violence Perpetrators in Victoria

14 June 2024

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Safe and Equal welcomes the opportunity to provide a submission into the Victorian Legislative Assembly's Legal and Social Issues Committee Inquiry into Capturing Data on Family Violence Perpetrators in Victoria. How data on perpetrators of family violence is captured, used and analysed is critical to keeping victim survivors of family violence safe; the system’s inability to analyse and use data to increase victim survivors’ safety is an ongoing issue.

In addition to this submission, Safe and Equal endorses No to Violence’s (NTV) submission to the inquiry. To minimise duplicating information, our submission is contained to distinct points from the perspective of victim survivor family violence response services, including two points we wish to highlight as underpinning considerations that have informed our response:

  1. Data collected on perpetrators for the purpose of assessing and managing family violence (FV) risk to keep victim survivors safe needs to be distinguished from the data and evidence needed to understand why people perpetrate violence and how to shift their behaviour. We support NTV’s call to better understand the motivation behind, and how to shift, perpetrators’ behaviour. For this submission, we will focus on the data needed to inform FV risk assessment and management.
  2. It is also important to draw distinctions between the collection of FV perpetrator data and analysis. As highlighted in NTV’s submission, current data on perpetrators of FV is skewed towards over-policed and marginalised perpetrators who are more likely to come into contact with the system and a large segment of perpetrators who manage to avoid the system remain invisible.

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