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NSW domestic violence incidents more than doubled in past decade, report finds

This article is about domestic and family violence.
The incidence of domestic and domestic violence has more than doubled in NSW over the past 10 years, with the increase attributed to a change in the way authorities respond to crime.
A report released by the NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) on Thursday revealed that incidents of domestic and domestic police violence recorded in the decade to 2021 had increased by 110 per cent, from 8,120 to 17,063.

Incidents usually involve threats, intimidation, and verbal abuse.

BOCSAR executive director Jackie Fitzgerald said the rate of back offenses and intimidation had increased significantly in all parts of the criminal justice system.
“It is possible that more people will come to report this crime,” he told SBS News.
“But I think there is no doubt that when these incidents come to the attention of the police, they are now recorded as a crime, whereas possibly in the past, they were not like that.”
Police increased legal proceedings by 164 percent, court action increased by 64 percent, and prison sentences doubled.

“There is definitely an active policy among the police to respond to incidents of domestic violence and gravity,” Ms Fitzgerald said.

The report said the impact police take domestic and family violence more seriously has been “particularly pronounced” for First Nations people.
Legal proceedings against indigenous people for back offenses and intimidation increased 274 percent between 2012 and 2021.
In 2021, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people accounted for 28 per cent of NSW court cases and domestic violence and more than half (52 per cent) of prison sentences. Of the 272 adults who were jailed for domestic persecution and bullying in December, more than a third were Indigenous.
“That, of course, is really important in terms of our efforts to reduce the Aboriginal prison population,” Ms. Fitzgerald said.

“We have, on the one hand, a strategy to try to get Aboriginal people out of prison, but initiatives like this, which can protect victims of domestic violence, have a consequence for Aboriginal people.”

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About one in 10 (9.1 percent) NSW victims of domestic and family violence in 2021 were First Nations people.
Ms Fitzgerald said the “jury is still out” on whether NSW law enforcement in a “zero tolerance approach” to domestic and family violence is actually making people safer.
“If this active policy results in increased security, then of course, it is a good thing,” he said.
“We don’t know that yet.”
Other reports by Claire Slattery and Amy Hall.
If you or someone you know is affected by domestic and domestic violence, call 1800RESPECT at 1800 737 732 or visit . In an emergency, call 000.

The Male Referral Service provides advice on domestic violence to men and can be contacted on 1300 766 491.

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