Family violence and murder at record highs under Labor’s lockdowns

Independent Crime Statistics Agency data released today shows the hidden cost of Labor’s lockdowns as Victorians become less safe in their own homes.

During this reporting period, Victorians have struggled through protracted lockdowns, harsh restrictions and extreme economic, social and mental health stresses.

Today’s figures confirm family violence has reached a record high as violent crimes against the person in family homes is up 13.6 per cent over the last two years.

Furthermore, there has been a 12.2 per cent increase in stalking, a 21.8 per cent increase in harassment and private nuisances and a 5.4 per cent increase in threatening behaviour.

Alarmingly, murders in Victoria have also reached a decade high with 66 murders over the reporting period. In contrast, New South Wales’ murder rate is at a 30 year low.

Figures also revealed significant increases in a number of specific offence categories over the 12 months to 30 September 2021, including;

  • Family violence stalking, harassment and threatening behaviour up 7.6 per cent

  • Breaches of family violence orders up 7.8 per cent

  • Possess drug manufacturing equipment or precursor up 19.0 per cent

  • Cultivate drugs up 13.1 per cent

The Andrews Labor Government’s inaction continues to put the safety of Victorians at risk.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Police, Community Safety & Victim Support, Brad Battin:

“It’s clear that community safety has become another casualty of Daniel Andrews' failed COVID response.

“Locked-down Victorian families are less safe as crime has transferred from the street into the home.

“Vulnerable Victorians are being left behind and instead of doing something about it, Daniel Andrews has given himself more power to lock them up for longer.”