Domestic violence declining in NSW: report

Domestic violence has declined in NSW but the reasons for the fall remain unclear.

The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research found the rate of physical domestic and family violence dropped across the state between 2008 and 2016, based on an analysis of survey data from crime victims and data from police.

“Having more than one data source pointing to a reduction in the rate of (domestic and family violence) victimisation over the eight-year period examined increases our confidence that there has been a ‘real’ change in the prevalence of DFV in NSW,” the report, published on Wednesday, said.

Notably, the rate of domestic violence incidents occasioning grievous bodily harm fell 15.5 per cent between 2008 and 2016.

Despite a state-wide decline, there are some areas in NSW that still have very high rates of domestic and family violence.

The state’s far west and central north areas recorded more than double the rate of any other region, while the Sydney suburb of Blacktown had the highest rate among metropolitan areas.

The report noted, however, the reasons for the reduction are unclear.

Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, Pru Goward, said it was “wonderful” to see the decline.

“There is always more work to do and we will continue to provide more support services and accommodation options for domestic and family violence victims,” she said in a statement.

The government on Tuesday announced a $44 million package over three years for initiatives targeting domestic violence re-offending.

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