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​Domestic violence rates fall for the first time in nine years


Publication date: Thursday, 7 December 2017

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For the first time in nine years, recorded incidents of domestic violence related assault have fallen in NSW signalling a major step forward in the battle to combat this scourge.

Minister for Police Troy Grant said the latest Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research quarterly report showed domestic violence assault had decreased by 3.5 per cent in the 24 months to September 2017.

“The last time we saw domestic violence assault drop in NSW was 2008, so it’s an incredible result and great news for all the people working tirelessly at the coalface to protect victims and hold perpetrators to account,” Mr Grant said.

“The NSW Government has committed more than $350 million over four years in the 2017/18 budget to break the cycle of domestic violence that has plagued our state for too long.

“We’ve introduced a raft of measures including Australia’s first dedicated police teams to target high-risk offenders, Plain English Apprehended Violence Orders and body-worn cameras so police can record victim statements that can be used as evidence in court.

“NSW has also played a leading role in making domestic violence orders automatically enforceable across Australia.

“While the downward trend in domestic violence assault is a significant milestone, there’s still a lot of work to be done to stop people being injured or killed in their homes.”

The latest BOCSAR report also shows 16 out of 17 major offences have fallen or remained stable in the 24 months to September 2017. The only offence to increase was steal from a retail store.

The seven offences trending down are steal from person (11.1 per cent), fraud (8.5 per cent):, break and enter - dwelling (7.8 per cent), break and enter – non-dwelling (5.8 per cent), steal

from dwelling (5.7 per cent), domestic violence related assault (3.5 per cent) and malicious damage to property (2.7 per cent).

Mr Grant welcomed the statistics showing amphetamine possession has fallen significantly for the second consecutive quarter by 9.3 per cent.

“We have seen some of Australia’s largest drug busts this year as NSW Police work hard to stop the tsunami of amphetamines entering our state from overseas,” Mr Grant said.

“However, the appetite for cocaine continues to grow unabated as possession and use of this drug increased significantly by 41.2 per cent across NSW.

“The NSW Government and NSW Police Force have a strong message for anybody engaging in this behaviour: You will be caught, and you will be held to account. Your actions are illegal and will not be tolerated.”