Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence eases in SW

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sarah Ison

Do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in the South West has been declining over the past five years, buck­ing the State-wide up­wards trend re­vealed in re­cent fig­ures.

Re­leased by the WA Po­lice Force last week, crime sta­tis­tics for the last quar­ter showed a rise in “fam­i­lyre­lated of­fences” of 6.8 per cent up from the five-year av­er­age across the State.

But in the South West, the num­ber of fam­ily as­saults dur­ing the Septem­ber quar­ter was at its low­est since 2014, with 183 as­saults rec- orded com­pared to 202 in 2017, 243 in 2016 and 206 in 2015. The South West was also one of the few re­gions in the State to have a lower do­mes­tic vi­o­lence rate than Perth, which recorded 44.5 in­ci­dents per 100,000 peo­ple in Septem­ber, com­pared to 41.5 per 100,000 peo­ple in the South West.

The fig­ures also re­vealed 302 bur­glar­ies recorded over the past three months in the re­gion, which again was the low­est num­ber recorded since 2014.

Po­lice Min­is­ter Michelle Roberts praised the de­cline in bur­glar­ies across the State and said amend­ments to the Re­strain­ing Or­ders Act im­ple­mented by the Gov­ern­ment last year had strength­ened re­sponses to fam­ily vi­o­lence in­ci­dents by po­lice.

“The McGowan Gov­ern­ment is de­ter­mined to pri­ori­tise any mea­sures which re­duce the scourge of do­mes­tic vi­o­lence, keep vic­tims safe and hold vi­o­lent per­pe­tra­tors ac­count­able,” she said.

“As part of the re­struc­ture of the WA Po­lice Force, com­mis­sioner Daw­son has in­creased the com­mit­ment to fam­ily and do­mes­tic vi­o­lence with more of­fi­cers ded­i­cated to tack­ling fam­ily and domes- tic vi­o­lence across West­ern Aus­tralia.

“The Force has also es­tab­lished a crime In­ves­ti­ga­tion Stan­dards and Fam­ily Vi­o­lence Di­vi­sion.”

Bun­bury po­lice Sen. Sgt Mal Jones said the 26 ex­tra po­si­tions cre­ated at the Bun­bury sta­tion two years ago had made a big im­pact to the de­crease in crime.

“In the Bun­bury area es­pe­cially, crime has been down com­pared to pre­vi­ous years,” he said.

“There are still some ar­eas of con­cern and some sub­urbs where a large part of our fo­cus is be­ing di­rected.”

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