The Domestic Violence Routine Screening (DVRS) Snapshot Report for 2016 provides information to the Prevention and Response to Violence Abuse and Neglect unit, local health districts and specialty health networks, as well as individual service streams and facilities regarding the level and outcomes of screening for the past 14 years.
The data is used to monitor implementation of the DVRS program and to support ongoing service improvement in identifying and responding to domestic violence.
The 2016 snapshot reveals an increase in eligible women presenting to facilities, but a slight decrease in screening rate from the previous year from 63.5 per cent to 62.7 per cent of eligible women.
The disclosure rate of women experiencing domestic violence in the previous 12 months at the state level decreased from 6.4 per cent to 5.9 per cent. In specific areas:
The disclosure rate in mental health (14 per cent) and alcohol and other drugs services (17 per cent) was high compared with the average across all services (5.9 per cent).