Thursday 18 June 2015
Crime Stats: Police need more support to deal with family violence
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.