CRIME STATISTICS REVEAL INCREASE IN REPORTED FAMILY VIOLENCE INCIDENTS

CRIME STATISTICS REVEAL INCREASE IN REPORTED FAMILY   VIOLENCE INCIDENTS

Cimages (4)rime statistics released today reveal an increase in the number of family violence incidents reported.

Figures show police recorded more than 68,000 family violence incidents last year, an increase of 8.2 per cent on

2013.

The overall rate of recorded family violence incidents has increased 70.2 per cent since 2010.

In 2014, family violence incidents also featured in the following offences:

A third of sexual assault and related offences (3282 of 9806 offences)

Almost half of assault and related offences (17,544 of 37,639 offences)

More than half of stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour offences (5310 of 10,573 offences)

The Andrews Labor Government has provided $40 million for the Royal Commission.

Of this, $36 million will go towards its operation and $4 million will be provided to support services that

experience an increase in demand during the Royal Commission.

Quotes attributable to Minister for the Prevention of Family Violence, Fiona Richardson

“Family violence is the biggest law and order challenge in our state.”

“Family violence is a crime that knows no boundaries. It affects thousands of Victorians from all walks of life with

women and children paying the greatest toll.

“More people are coming forward and reporting family violence to police. Additional funding has been provided to

support services, to make sure those that need help can get it.”

“It’s time for solutions. The Royal Commission will give us the answers we need and nothing will be off limits. We

need a system that protects the vulnerable, punishes the guilty and saves lives.”

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