REPORTED cases of family violence in Bayside have escalated, latest crime statistics have revealed.
Figures released by Victoria Police last week showed 451 family violence incidents were reported in Bayside in the 2011-12 period, 87 more than 2010-11. The number of charges laid as a result of a family incident rose from 105 in 2010-11 to 149 in 2011-12, up 42 per cent.
Incidents where children were present rose from 108 in 2010-11 to 139 in 2011-12. Nineteen more interventions were sought than for the prior financial year.
Since 2007-08, the number of family incidents attended by police in Bayside rose more than 80 per cent.
Glen Eira local area commander Inspector Stephen Clark said family violence was a priority in Bayside.
“I suspect the increase in results [is] from a greater confidence in police and greater police oversight of family violence attendances, rather that an increase in the number of family violence incidents generally,” he said. “I certainly see the increase in the number of charges laid and the number of intervention orders as a positive.”
Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network manager Rosemary Barca agreed: “With the improved police response, women are finding the courage to speak out and take action,” she said. “If, as a society, we allow domestic violence to remain hidden behind closed doors, we are effectively condoning it and allowing it to continue.’’
If you are experiencing family violence call the National Sexual Assault, Family and Domestic Violence line on 1800 737 732.If in immediate danger, call 000.