Media Release

18 June 2015

O’Donohue: Police need more support to deal with family violence

Thursday 18 June 2015


Crime Stats: Police need more support to deal with family violence

The Facts

Figures out today from the Victorian Crime Statistics Agency for the last 12 months to March 2015 show:

There were 69,442 family related incidents recorded, an increase of 8.2%.

There were 1,166.9 family related incidents per 100,000 people, up 6.2%.

The total number of recorded offences rose from 452,209 to 458,027, an increase of 1.3%.

Stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour offences rose from 10,686 to 11,936, an increase of 11.7%.

Total theft offences declined from 148,576 to 146,454, a fall of 1.4%, but still accounted for 54.4% of total property and deception offences.

Robbery offences fell from 2658 to 2410, a decrease of 9.3%.

Breaches of orders rose from 32,728 to 48,470, an increase of 48.1%.

Source:  Crime Statistics Victoria – Year ending 31 March 2015


What the Police Association said in its submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence

“Recommendation 1: In order to tend to the ever-growing community need with respect to family violence a significant increase in frontline numbers is required as a matter of urgency.”


Comments from the Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety, Edward O’Donohue

Today’s figures shine a damning light on Daniel Andrews’ failure to fund additional state-wide police in the Budget.

Daniel Andrews has ignored a call from police for more resources to help them deal with family violence as a matter of priority.

It’s time Daniel Andrews took action now to help law enforcement authorities to deal with this important community safety issue.