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Published date: Wednesday 20 June 2018

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The NSW Government has welcomed today’s latest release of data from the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research, which shows a significant decline in domestic violence.

In a report released today BOCSAR analysed data from crime victim surveys carried out by the Australian Bureau of Statistics between 2008-09 and 2015-16, and said that the significant drop in victimisation over the eight year period indicates there has been “a real change in the prevalence of domestic and family violence in NSW.”

In the same analysis BOCSAR found the annual rate of domestic assault incidents occasioning grievous bodily harm fell by 15.5 per cent from 2008-9 to 2015-16.

BOCSAR examined changes in the NSW police recorded rate of domestic assault occasioning grievous bodily harm because this offence is much less susceptible to victims being unwilling to report the crime.

“This Government is tougher than ever on the criminals who perpetrate domestic and family violence and it is wonderful to see this decline in the number of victims, a reduction which has not been recorded elsewhere in Australia,” Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Pru Goward said.

“There is always more work to do and we will continue to provide more support services and accommodation options for domestic and family violence victims.”

Police Minister Troy Grant said: “We’ve introduced Australia’s first dedicated police teams focused specifically on high-risk DV offenders, including in the far west of NSW, and body-worn cameras so police can record victim statements that can be used as evidence in court.

“While I’m extremely pleased to see a downward trend in NSW’s DV rates, we know this is an underreported crime and I urge victims to come forward and speak with police.”

Attorney General Mark Speakman said the BOCSAR analysis is encouraging but warned against complacency.

“This week’s NSW Budget committed $44.1 million over three years in new funding for initiatives that target the rate of domestic violence re-offending and hold perpetrators to account for their actions,” Mr Speakman said.