MEMBERS of the community are being asked to “look out for one another” as calls for help with family violence are expected to peak during the holiday period.
Police typically see an increase of family violence incidents as the end of year approaches. “While [it’s] a great time to get together and celebrate with family, police certainly see an increase in trauma that happens during the festive season,” Assistant Commissioner of Family Violence Command, Dean McWhirter said.
“Statistics show that police responded to 83,775 family violence incidents in a 12-month period – that’s one call for help every six minutes.
“Over the past five years, December and January have consistently seen the highest number of family violence reports.”
In 2018-19 police responded to 227 family violence incidents every day. This figure jumps by 11 per cent in December and January to more than 250 incidents.
If anyone is concerned about their safety or feel that they are at risk in their family circumstances, support is available through Safe Steps, Victoria’s 24/7 family violence support service, by calling 1800 015 188 or 1800 RESPECT.
First published in the Mornington News – 24 December 2019