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Family violence reports rise in Vic

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016 By Melissa Meehan

Victorian police were called to 215 family violence incidents a day in the past year.

That's almost 79,000 family violence incidents recorded by police in the 12 months to September 30.

Deputy Commissioner Andrew Crisp says the figures, from a report by the Crime Statistics Agency released on Thursday, were both good and bad news.

He said of the almost 79,000 family violence incidents 37,000 were breaches of family violence orders.

"This is good news and bad news ... it's not good that these victim survivors are subject to these breaches, but is positive that these people have the confidence to report them to police," Mr Crisp told reporters on Thursday.

Chief commissioner Graham Ashton said more victims had been empowered to come forward to report their abuse following last year's Royal Commission into Family Violence.

Thursday's crime figures report also revealed that 38 of 197 homicide and related offences between October 2015 to September 2016 were linked to family violence.

That category includes murder, attempted murder, accessory or conspiracy to murder, manslaughter and driving causing death.

It also found that the majority of assault and stalking offences recorded over the 12 months were linked to family violence.

Police Minister Lisa Neville said it was great that victims felt comfortable to come forward and call out their abusers.

She said a $5 million advertising campaign, launched on Thursday, would complement the work police were doing to stamp out family violence.

Overall, crime across the state increased 11.6 per cent.

Despite community concern about youth crime on the rise, only 12 per cent of the total 543,315 offences recorded across the state were committed by children under the age of 17.

Ms Neville said "small but serious" group of youths was to blame for the majority of those crimes.

That sentiment is supported by another report on Thursday, by the Sentencing Advisory Council, that found that the number of youth offenders has halved in six years - but the worst offenders are continuing to offend.

Opposition community safety spokesman Edward O'Donohue says the government is failing to protect the community.

"This isn't a crime wave, this is a crime tsunami," he said in a statement.

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