Family violence (12.12.2017)
Written on the 12 December 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
Over the past few weeks there has been considerable focus on the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence campaign.
Social media and newspaper articles have highlighted many local community events.
I would like to acknowledge the work of so many local communities that have been involved either with the police in launching initiatives, holding community events, partnering with sporting teams, marching in the Walk Against Family Violence or providing signage at the entry to some local towns for an awareness campaign, all of which send a very strong message to those communities and surrounding areas that we do not accept family violence, and nor should we.
I also acknowledge that in some communities across Victoria the rates of family violence have declined, which is a very positive sign. However, in other areas the rates remain far too high.
Crime across Victoria has risen by over 16 per cent since the election of Daniel Andrews. This, along with other crime figures, is much too high.I note that in the Greater Dandenong area reports reveal a massive increase in offences, including family violence, with seven people reporting family violence crimes each and every day.
Christmas and the New Year unfortunately usually see a spike in the rates of family violence, so it is a reminder to all Victorians that violence of any sort is not acceptable at this time. Those who do commit this shocking crime need to be held accountable. I am glad that Matthew Guy, Edward O'Donohue and John Pesutto are leading the charge in terms of stronger messages and sentencing in this regard.
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