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Sources of Violence Against Women Data - kNOwVAWdata

Information and statistics on violence against women (VAW) are potentially available from a variety of sources. Two of the most common ‘groups’ of sources are (1) administrative data, including, but not limited to records kept by health and social services, legal aid services and police; and (2) population-based surveys, a term that is used for surveys that collect data through rigorous methods in a subset of the population to find out what is happening in the entire population. As this leaflet sets out to show, administrative data, while having their utility as a source of information on violence against women, cannot provide an estimate of the prevalence of violence against women taking place within a population.