The release of today’s Crime Statistics has revealed an 8.6% increase in family violence incidents in the past 12 months, the largest increase in many years.
Young women between the ages of 25-34 years of age are the largest group of victims in Casey with a startling 1,449 women in that group affected by family violence.
Alarmingly family violence stalking in Casey has also risen by 32% in the past year along with an increase in family violence order breaches in Casey rising by 15%.
State-wide 25 additional family violence offences occurred each and every day with Victorians struggling through harsh restrictions and extended lockdowns, causing extreme economic, social and mental health stresses.
Up to 1,500 frontline police have been redeployed into COVID-19 restriction enforcement and hotel quarantine. This has meant fewer police on the beat to prevent crime and respond to calls for assistance.
Community safety in Casey continues to be a casualty of Labor’s failed COVID-19 response and our state desperately needs a new plan to get frontline police back in local communities to keep Victorians safe.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police and Community Safety & Victim Support, Brad Battin:
“Today confirms Victorians’ worst fears, that Labor’s lockdowns have driven family violence to record highs in Casey.
“With so many frontline police enforcing Daniel Andrews’ mandates, it’s no wonder that family violence has spiked, and fewer victims are getting the support they desperately need.
“Labor’s failed COVID-19 response has taken family violence from bad to worse. Casey families desperately need a new plan to reverse this trend.
“Everyone has the right to feel safe in their home, Daniel Andrews must act now to protect vulnerable Casey residents from family violence.
“Residents need to be reminded that leaving the home to escape family violence and harm is permissible under our current restrictions and there are a number of organisations available locally and state-wide to assist them.”