This blog is about domestic violence in Victoria State. It is written by Priyanka Pathak and Radhika Tammireddy as a analysis project in Victoria University. We would like to thank our mentor and lecturer Paul Hawking for inspiring us to write this blog.
We prepared this dashboard using SAP Lumira. SAP Lumira is a tool to analyse complex data from various resources and present it in a beautiful and easy to understand visualizations. This tool was introduced to us as a part of our course Business Analytics. As an assessment task we were advised to analyse the data on domestic violence and prepare the visualizations and present a story. So the first and foremost task was to gather the data. The data sources we found and thought can be useful for our analysis are from Australian bureau of statistics, Department of Justice, Magistrates’ court of Victoria and Victorian police.
To start with our analysis we had to focus on certain aspect of the DV, hence we focused on the effect of DV on females. As on the mention of the DV the first victim comes to anyone’s mind is the female, so we tried to analyse whether that assumption is right or not and if so how, by whom and what age group is affected as a result of DV.
According to Word Health Organization, about 35% of the women worldwide are being affected by domestic violence. Our attempt here is to understand the DV behaviour on women in Victoria state of Australia .
The analysing of the data from 1999- 2010 shows that majority of the victims from the domestic violence are females. The ratio of the male to female victims are 1:4 i.e. every year about 80% of the victims of DV are females. Hence, it can be said that the domestic violence is an offence committed predominately against the females.
Furthermore, the question arise is “What behaviours can be considered as Domestic Violence”. Any behaviour of the family member/ relative/ partner/ parent that is harmful physically or emotionally towards their fellow family member can be considered as the Domestic Violence. There are various factors/ behaviours contributing to the domestic violence. Our analysis suggest that the behaviour “Forcing partner to have ***” has the highest contribution towards the DV followed by trying to scare/control by threatening to hurt others or denying partner for money. Some other behaviours that can be considered as the act of domestic violence are slapping, pushing, yelling and so on.
The incidents of domestic violence have increase over years from year 2009-2007. This visualization provided shows that majority of the incidence of domestic violence recorded are the first incidents.
Moreover, our analysis demonstrate that the majority of the DV offenses are carried out by Current/former and intimate partners. In which, age group 25-44 is considered to be highly victimized.
Hence, it is necessary to understand your partner’s before getting in to the relationship.
Furthermore, the comparison of the Aboriginal and the other clients is done which shows that both with aboriginal and other clients the number of incidents recorded are almost similar. However, there were no incidents recorded among the Aboriginals after the age of 44.
In conclusion, the info graphic given below demonstrates some of the key findings of our analysis, which suggests that every year around 80% of the victims from domestic violence are females, out of which 60% are being victimized by former/current and intimate partners with about 40% of new incidents being registered every year. Moreover, the age group of females that are considered to be highly affected by DV is 25-44.
The domestic violence is an act that has increased over years and need to be addressed. If anyone is suffering from or notices someone suffering from domestic violence, the immediate report should be recorded and help should be provided to the victim.
To ensure once safety
- Leave to the safe environment if you feel immediate danger.
- Talk to someone whom you trust like a family member or a friend.
- Inform police regarding the domestic violence.
- It is always better to know your legal rights against domestic violence.
There are many helpful organisations that are available to help domestic violence victims.