The Data Quality Act was passed into law in 2001 as part of the Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L. 106-554). The Act was an amendment to the Congressional appropriations bill and had no name given in the actual legislation. The Data Quality Act is sometimes referred to as the Information Quality Act.
The Data Quality Act directed the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) to issue guidelines to “provide policy and procedural guidance to Federal agencies for ensuring and maximizing the quality, objectivity, utility, and integrity of information (including statistical information) disseminated by Federal agencies.” Information on the implementation of the Data Quality Act can be seen here.
Several reports have documented that some domestic violence information disseminated to the general public is one-sided, misleading, or even untruthful (1-3). If these facts are provided by a federal agency, the Data Quality Act can provide the vehicle to correct the misleading information.
Stop Abusive and Violent Environments has sent two Data Quality Act requests to the U.S. Department of Justice:
1. On June 18, 2010, SAVE sent a letter requesting that Practical Implications of Current Domestic Violence Research, authored by Andrew R. Klein and posted on the Department of Justice website, be removed from public purview until every questionable statement and conclusion is reviewed and verified by a scientifically-qualified and impartial third party, and all erroneous information is corrected or removed. The SAVE letter can be seen here.
2. On November 24, 2010, SAVE sent a letter identifying numerous examples of one-sided and gender-biased statements on the website of the Office of Violence Against Women. The letter requested that all gender-specfic words and phrases, with the exception of explicit references to the “Violence Against Women Act” and the “Office of Violence Against Women” be modified to employ gender-inclusive or gender-neutral terms. The SAVE letter can be seen here.
(1) Gelles RJ. The politics of research: The use, abuse, and misuse of social science data—The cases of intimate partner violence. Family Court Review, Vol. 45, No. 1, 2007.
(2) Straus MA. Processes explaining the concealment and distortion of evidence on gender symmetry in partner violence. European Journal of Criminal Policy and Research Vol. 13, 2007. pp. 227-232.
(3) Ehrensaft MK. Intimate partner violence: Persistence of myths and implications for prevention. Children and Youth Services Review Vol. 30, 2008. pp. 276-286.
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