Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Welcome Increase in Victoria Police Crime Statistics

The new statistics released by Victoria Police show a 43.3 percent increase in the number of violent family crimes reported to their members.  This is obviously a shocking percentage but also a welcome sign of an increase in reporting.  It is hard to believe that our society has suddenly become more violent for some family members.  However, it does appear that the millions of dollars spent on family violence and sexual assault services over the past six or seven years to increase reporting has started to pay results.The only negative side of the increase in reports has been the blow out in demand for follow up services, including counselling, leading to increased waiting times which make it difficult for victims who need assistance in a timely fashion.
  The Government's allocation of $16 million dollars to address waiting lists and fund some additional family violence programs is more than welcome.

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