The Crime Statistics Agency has today released key family violence measures from the 2019-20 Victorian Family Violence Database.
- The number of family incidents recorded by Victoria Police increased by 6.7% from 82,651 in 2018-19 to 88,214 in 2019-20. This represents an increase of 5% in the rate of incidents per 100,000 population.
- Ambulance Victoria and Victorian public hospital emergency presentations for family violence related injuries increased compared to the prior financial year. In 2019/20 Ambulance Victoria recorded a 14.7% increase in the number of family violence related attendances, and emergency room presentations increased by 13.5% compared with 2018-19.
- The number of finalised family violence intervention orders issued decreased by 5.3% for both the Magistrates’ and Children’s Court of Victoria compared to the prior financial year. The total number of services provided by Victoria Legal Aid for family violence intervention order applications and breaches decreased by 3.7% in 2019-20 from the previous financial year. This may be related to interruptions to some justice system processes due to COVID-19.
- There were increases in the number of family violence support services provided by some agencies. The number of women and children victim-survivors who received a service from a specialist homelessness agency increased by 3.8% in 2019-20. The number of family violence related calls or referrals to the Victims of Crime Helpline increased 8.2% compared to 2018-19.
The COVID-19 pandemic and the introduction of restrictions to combat the spread of the virus may have impacted trends observed in the later months of the 2019-20 financial year.
The Crime Statistics Agency will continue to track family violence trends throughout the pandemic in the COVID-19 Family Violence Data Portal , which was first published in November 2020.