A recent coronial report into family violence deaths released by State Coroner, Jennifer Coate, revealed that there were some 545 homicides among family members and intimate partners between 2000 and 2010, with 75% of deaths in metropolitan areas and 25% from regional Victoria.

The Office of Public Prosecutions, in a separate domestic violence report, indicated that 14% of its criminal investigations cases in the past year were related to family violence, with 40% of those crimes involving sexual offending, with the offenders usually being males.

If you have been the victim of family or domestic violence contact Victims of Crime for free, prompt and professional financial assistance on 1800 000 055 or (03) 9415 9492 or make an enquiry now at www.victimsofcrime.com.au

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