In Victoria more than 420,000 offences were recorded for the 12 months from December 2012 to December 2013.
Crimes against the person, such as assault and robbery, rose by 0.6%.
Ken Lay, Police Chief Commissioner, said that ‘domestic violence still accounts for most of the physical attacks with 40% of crimes committed against the person occurring in the home’.
The category of other crimes has increased by 15.5% pushed up by offences such as breaches of intervention orders.
Denis Napthine, Victoria Premier, said that ‘more needs to be done to reduce family violence and drug crime’.
In Melbourne, drug offences rose 21.4%.
Lucinda Nolan, Deputy Police Commissioner, said that ‘research indicates that there are an increasing number of drug users within the community’.
For more information see the Victorian Police Website.