Police are concerned about the increase in family violence incidents during the festive season.
During the two week Christmas 2018 and New Year 2019 period, the daily average number of family violence tasks police attended increased from 180 to 227, and the number of reports taken rose from 130 to 156.
Increased consumption of alcohol, family obligations and financial problems are contributing factors, but police emphasise that by no means are these an excuse for violence.
People are urged to seek assistance before matters escalate, by contacting the domestic violence helplines, domestic violence support services or local police.
Assistance can be provided by calling:
· Domestic Violence National Helpline 1800 200 526
· Men’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 000 599
· Women’s Domestic Violence Helpline 1800 007 339
· Local Police 131 444