Lifting the lid on the hidden scourge of family violence


The Crime Statistics Agency has published the Victorian Family Violence Database, making information about Victoria’s number one law and order issue more accessible and easier to use than ever before.

The database which was released on May 31 includes information from July 2011 to June 2016 from Victoria Police, Magistrates’ Court, Children’s Court, Department of Health and Human Services, Department of Justice and Regulation and Victoria Legal Aid, an official press release said.

It provides a comprehensive view of the demand for family violence services, with a significant increase in reported family violence incidents, as well as an increase in access to support services for victims.

The release responds to recommendation 205, which called on the Crime Statistics Agency to “maintain and develop the Victorian Family Violence Database”, and consider ways to provide additional data and links between information.

The Victorian Budget 2017/18 delivered an unprecedented $1.91 billion to implement every one of the Royal Commission’s recommendations and reform Victoria’s family violence system to support victim-survivors and hold perpetrators to account.

This record investment will help reform our justice system, establish Support and Safety Hubs for victims and their families, provide after-hours support for women and their children, recruit hundreds more child protection workers, and work to prevent family violence.

Minister for Police Lisa Neville said, “Historically, family violence has been swept under the rug and hidden from view. This database is an important step forward to make statistics on family violence publically available. Only through transparency and public discussion will we create change.

“This database means that all the information on family violence – from Victoria Police and the courts – will be in one place.”

The 2015-16 Victorian Family Violence Database is here: