Record family violence offences and COVID fines drive crime rate surge

Domestic Violence Victoria chief executive Tania Farha said the rise in cases came after Victoria Police had tried to break down the barriers for victims to seek help following the Royal Commission into Family Violence.

“We are anticipating a surge in demand for specialist family violence support when restrictions end and as Victoria begins down the road to recovery from the pandemic,” she said.

She said the surge was expected partly because of the gendered impacts of other elements of the pandemic response, which have seen women disproportionately suffer economic losses.

The Age