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Abstract: Issue addressed: The lack of a systematic approach to collecting family violence data after a disaster impedes family violence prevention and response efforts. Without evidence, there is little chance that interventions will be planned and implemented to address increased family violence after disasters. Methods: A literature review of international and Australian gendered disaster research was conducted, with a focus on family violence following disasters in developed countries. A case study was prepared exploring the complexity of gathering data about family violence in the aftermath of the Victorian Black Saturday bushfires. Results: Although increases in family violence in the aftermath of the Black Saturday bushfire were observed and anecdotally reported by funded family violence agencies, recovery authorities and community leaders, attempts by Women's Health in the North and the researchers to quantify the increase were unsuccessful. The fragmented nature of the family violence data that was collected was a consequence of inconsistent data recording practices and the complex and multifaceted nature of the recovery effort. Conclusions: Health promotion theory and service planning demand a sound evidence base for interventions. In the absence of this, family violence following disasters will continue to be overlooked in the face of 'urgent' needs.

To cite this article: Parkinson, Debra; Lancaster, Cath and Stewart, Anna. A numbers game: Lack of gendered data impedes prevention of disaster-related family violence [online]. Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 22, Special Issue, Dec 2011: S42-S45. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=076161195737273;res=IELHEA> ISSN: 1036-1073. [cited 23 Jun 17].

Personal Author: Parkinson, Debra; Lancaster, Cath; Stewart, Anna; Source: Health Promotion Journal of Australia: Official Journal of Australian Association of Health Promotion Professionals, Vol. 22, Special Issue, Dec 2011: S42-S45 DOI: Document Type: Journal Article ISSN: 1036-1073 Subject: Family violence--Prevention; Post-traumatic stress disorder; Health promotion--Government policy; Women--Crimes against; Women--Health and hygiene; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Women’s Health In the North, Women’s Health Goulburn North East and Monash University, 680 High Street, Thornbury, Victoria, 3071, email: debrap@whin.org.au

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