Webinar – Connect Centre – The problems of police data to measure domestic abuse

Date and time: Wednesday 7th September, 4-5pm

About this event:

Much of police demand in relation to domestic violence and abuse (DVA) can be attributed to repeat perpetrators and victims. Targeting police resources at repetition could therefore be an effective use of resources to reduce demand. However, to effectively target resources at repetition requires the repetition of DVA to be accurately and consistently measured in police data. To consider whether police data can accurately capture the repetition of DVA, this study takes a deep dive into the data and information systems used by one police force in response to DVA to identify what data are collected and the key issues in police data that prevent the effective measurement of repetition.

Based on a mixed methods analysis of data from one police force, this study identified four key issues that prevent the accurate and consistent measurement of DVA repetition in police data: a) different units of measurement and multiple information systems; b) inconsistent recording of personal details; c) multiple methods of identifying DVA; and d) the loss of information in free-text. This webinar will address each of these challenges in turn, considering the implications for those using police data to measure DVA, and the implications for police forces to improve their data collection to better measure DVA.

Jessica is a Lecturer in Criminal Justice at Liverpool John Moores University. Her main research areas are domestic violence and abuse; policing; and repeat victimisation. Her work largely centres on using police data and survey data to measure domestic violence and abuse and other forms of violent crime.

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