In 2010- 2011 Victoria police were sent out to 25,000 more assaults, including physical assaults, brawls, domestic arguments and neighbourhood disputes, in Melbourne and Geelong by triple-0 dispatchers than were recorded in Victoria Police crime figures according to the Herald Sun.

Since the 2009 findings that police had abused recording procedures to improve crime clearance rates the State Ombudsman had repeatedly urged the force to make greater use of triple-0 data.

In February of this year Victoria Police launched a review of the way it collected data on assaults after the Herald Sun revealed the Australian Bureau of Statistics’ victim survey had put the number of assaults in Victoria during 2011 to 2012 at 588,600, which is fourteen times more than the 42,076 assaults recorded by police. The review is being undertaken by Ernst & Young and due to be completed by May 2013.

Victims of physical assault call 1800 000 055 or go to www.victimsofcrime.com.au or email: support@victimsofcrime.com.au for support and advice.

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