In 2011 – 2012 there were thirteen people arrested for domestic violence homicides.

In 2012-2013, following a change in police reporting practices, there were forty-five people arrested for domestic homicides.

Western Integrated Family Violence Committee Member, Jocelyn Bignold, said authorities are struggling to “come to grips” with the magnitude of domestic abuse since new offences and harsher penalties were introduced in 2008. Ms Bignold said that “women are being killed and we need to get a consistent method of reporting and we need to have the proper tools for reporting.”

Denis Napthine, Victorian Premier, said that his government would consider funding a campaign aimed at raising awareness of domestic violence. He said that “we need to change attitudes, just as we were able to change attitudes towards drink driving, where we made it very clear that drink drivers are bloody idiots.”

If you have been a victim of domestic violence call 1800 000 055 or (03) 9415 9492 or go to or email for advice, support and assistance.

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