‘How to Use Statistics in Primary Prevention’ aims to support a greater understanding of the importance, uses and limitations of statistics within the context of primary prevention and family violence.
Statistics can be a powerful way to convince people about a social problem, and particularly to argue for the prioritisation of government policy and investment.
Numbers that quantify how many people experience family and gender-based violence are critical for gaining attention and arguing the need for change. Meanwhile, numbers that tell us about attitudes towards violence are important in tracking progress in changing attitudes that drive violence and helping us prevent it in the future.
But statistics only tell part of the story. This resource aims to support a greater understanding of statistics within the context of the primary prevention continuum, how best to use them, and their limitations.