According to ACT Policing, domestic violence reports have dipped in Canberra over the last financial year.

Domestic violence incidents are down by more than 400 incidents from the previous year in which officers were called out to 2,591 reported incidents.

In a recent interview with the ABC, Sergeant Dave Williams from the Family Violence Coordination Unit said although the figures appeared to show a downward trend, they were still too high.

“Just one incidence of family violence is too many,” he said. “As first responders to family violence… we see the effect that it has on families.”

Sergeant Williams explained further to the ABC, that on Christmas Day police attended 14 incidents of family violence, and on Boxing Day they were called to a further 10.  

“Putting that in perspective, that’s in line with our daily average of 12 daily attended by ACT Policing,” he said. “With the national campaign against domestic violence going at the moment we’re expecting that more people are open and feel more comfortable contacting police – which we think is fantastic,” Sargeant Williams confirmed.

Canberra received a specialist domestic violence unit which offers legal assistance to women in need after it was identified earlier this year as one of the highest places for domestic violence around Australia.


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  • This is a positive trend to see the numbers going down, but they are still too high. I hope the current campaigns continue to impact on our lifestyles in a positive way.


  • Hope it’s not just that the reporting of this is slowing down because of Christmas.


  • That’s great the rate is dropping. :)


  • Tackling violence is so important.


  • Great the numbers dipped ! I agree with what one of you already said: so much more need to be done !!


  • it is such a tough subject to approach but awareness is the key. this behaviour is just not on! no reason for violence!

    • Everyone in the community has to be responsible and tackle domestic violence.


  • Lke js


  • And to think that so many cases go unreported. We definitely need more work done to combat underlying issues and educate our younger generation so that domestic violence becomes something very rare and hopefully wiped out.


  • It is great that the numbers are down. I just hope that it’s not a result of less people reporting incidents…


  • I suppose its good that the incidents are down, especially with heightened awareness on the issue. I still find the numbers horrific! So much more needs to be done…


  • I think it’s great that is going down


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