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released: 18 Aug 2015 author: AIHW

This report discusses barriers to, and opportunities for the collection of data on screening for domestic violence during pregnancy. It proposes options for data collection through the National Perinatal Data Collection, which includes data about every woman who gives birth in Australia. The work is part of the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s National Maternity Data Development Project.

ISBN 978-1-74249-769-3; Cat. no. PER 71; 93pp.; $15

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Publication table of contents 

  • Preliminary material
    • Title and verso pages
    • Contents
    • Acknowledgments
    • Abbreviations
    • Summary
  • Body section
    • 1 Introduction
      • 1.1 Background
      • 1.2 Process of identifying options for NPDC data
      • 1.3 Rationale
      • 1.4 Structure of this report
    • 2 Government initiatives in the area of domestic violence
      • 2.1 Maternity services initiatives
      • 2.2 Domestic violence initiatives
    • 3 Definitions of domestic violence and screening
      • 3.1 What is domestic violence?
      • 3.2 What is screening?
    • 4 Literature review to identify issues in screening for domestic violence
      • 4.1 Why pregnancy is an important time to screen
      • 4.2 Screening benefits and effectiveness
      • 4.3 Screening tools and methods
      • 4.4 Timing and frequency of screening
      • 4.5 Coexistence of DV and multiple psychosocial factors
    • 5 Domestic violence data and data collection
      • 5.1 Data gaps
      • 5.2 Data quality
      • 5.3 Potential role of the NPDC in filling data gaps
    • 6 Current situation for screening and reporting
      • 6.1 Review of screening tools/questions in use
      • 6.2 Recording of screening outcome
    • 7 Moving towards nationally consistent data collection and reporting
      • 7.1 Potential NPDC data
      • 7.2 Potential screening approaches
      • 7.3 Validated tool review
      • 7.4 Preferred tools: HITS and HARK
      • 7.5 Preferred collection method
    • 8 Other data development issues
      • 8.1 Enablers for screening
      • 8.2 Mandatory reporting
      • 8.3 Indigenous issues
      • 8.4 Relationship to other psychosocial data items
      • 8.5 Data collection and clinical practice
    • 9 Next steps
      • 9.1 Further consultation
      • 9.2 Development of national data standards
      • 9.3 Staged implementation
  • End matter
    • Appendixes
      • Appendix A: NMDDP Advisory Group
      • Appendix B: Feedback from jurisdictional consultations
      • Appendix C: Screening for Domestic Violence Workshop attendees
      • Appendix D: Screening for Domestic Violence Working Party
      • Appendix E: Jurisdictional legislation/policies/strategies
      • Appendix F: Existing data sources
      • Appendix G: Resources
      • Appendix H: Definition of domestic violence from the National Plan to Reduce Violence against Women and their Children 2010–2022
      • Appendix I: Validated screening tool summary
    • References
    • List of tables
    • List of figures

Recommended citation

AIHW 2015. Screening for domestic violence during pregnancy: options for future reporting in the National Perinatal Data Collection. Cat. no. PER 71. Canberra: AIHW.

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