EIGE - Administrative data collection on violence against women: Good practices (2016)

The European Institute for Gender Equality (EIGE) has published a study regarding Good Practices in Administrative data collection on violence against women.

EIGE states that administrative data collection can be used as a tool for policy formulation and evaluation and for developing effective strategies on preventing and combating violence against women (VAW). The usefulness and relevance of this depends on the quality and reliability of the data collection system and the contents.

The study found that while most EU MS are increasingly collecting service-based administrative data on VAW, the data are often underdeveloped and underutilised. Government and other agencies do not have data collection systems in place that go beyond the internal administrative needs of their own organisations. Administrative data are rarely used for monitoring and evaluation of the adequacy and effectiveness of policy and practice to prevent VAW and to support and protect survivors. As a consequence, VAW is not always visible in the data collected, and it is often not possible to track cases across the criminal justice system.