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French Ministerial Statistical Department for Internal Security (Service Statistique Ministériel de la Sécurité Intérieure, SSMSI).
This is a two-phase general population survey that includes a sample of individuals. The data collection is taking place during the first half of 2021, and the provisional date for publication of the results is during the second trimester of 2022. The survey will be ad hoc or multi-annual.
For the screening survey, the sampling plan provides for sampling 170,000 individuals, to be able to establish estimates at department level rather than at the level of regions and large regions.
The main objective of the survey is to measure gender-based violence. However, the survey does make it possible to target victims of wilful physical violence committed because of the victims’ origin, religion, skin colour or sexual orientation.
This official statistics survey, for which the SSMSI designed the original protocol with methodological support from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies, benefits from European funding. The SSMSI responded to a call for proposals that Eurostat, the statistical office of the EU, launched for a survey on gender-based violence at the national level by the Member States, on the basis of a questionnaire that is validated at European level. The SSMSI’s application was accepted at the end of November 2019.
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The GENESE survey follows on from the thematic surveys whose aim is to measure and describe interpersonal violence, in particular domestic violence and sexual violence. Thanks to its innovative protocol, which combines different interrogation modes (internet, paper and telephone) to collect the responses of a very large sample, this survey will allow the SSMSI to meet the growing need for localised data. This will be achieved through the production of new indicators at local level, in addition to indicators at national level. The survey will also provide a detailed description of the victims and the attacks suffered.
The SSMSI teams should produce the first results in early 2022. The combination of these results with the data recorded by the security services will make it possible, as the SSMSI has done since its creation in 2014, to fuel the public debate on the issues of security and provide essential data to guide the design and evaluation of public policies.
Eurostat’s working group on statistics on crime and criminal justice is behind the creation of a dedicated task force for the development of this survey. This task force is made up of representatives of the Member States, the Directorate-General of Justice, the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA), the European Institute for Gender Equality and independent experts. It has met approximately twice a year since 2016. The SSMSI has participated in the task force since May 2018.
The Eurostat team that leads the working group delivered the final version of the questionnaire and the instructions for carrying out the project to the subsidised states in 2019.
FRA conducted the first EU-wide survey in 2014: Violence against women: An EU-wide survey. Main results report.
Eurostat leads the project and a dedicated task force developed the survey questionnaire.
With regard to methodological aspects (collection method and sample to be interviewed), the SSMSI has set up a working group that is made up of experts in multimode surveys and from the ‘Surveys’ division of the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies.