3.2 Perpetrators are held accountable for their behaviour

Indicator: Reduction in all family violence behaviours

Family violence orders are a key mechanism to help keep victim survivors safe and hold perpetrators accountable.

Perpetrators who breach an order can be charged with a criminal offence.

Measure: Number/proportion of reported contraventions of family violence orders

Most people on a family violence order1 are not recorded by police for a breach of the order.

In the most recent year to June 2022, 85 per cent of people on an active order were not recorded with a breach.

The proportion of people who breached (15.0 per cent) is the lowest since 2015.

In 2021–22, 11,710 people were recorded with at least one breach of a family violence order. This is the first time since 2015 that the number of people with one or more breach has decreased.

Figure 1: Number/proportion of people on a family violence protection order who breach the order, Victoria, 2015 to 2022

Source: Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program data collected by Crime Statistics Agency

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Table 1: Proportion of people on a family violence protection order who breach the order – by number of breaches, Victoria, 2015 to 2022

Family violence protection orders and breaches2015–162016–172017–182018–192019–202020–212021–22
Number of people on active family violence prevention orders

56,036

59,715

62,034

65,442

70,781

75,619

77,821

0 (did not breach)

83.9%

83.7%

84.1%

83.9%

83.4%

83.4%

85.0%

1 breach

7.6%

7.4%

7.0%

7.0%

7.3%

7.1%

6.5%

2 breaches

2.9%

2.9%

3.0%

3.0%

3.0%

2.9%

2.7%

3 breaches

1.5%

1.5%

1.3%

1.3%

1.4%

1.4%

1.3%

4 breaches

0.9%

1.1%

1.0%

1.1%

1.1%

1.0%

1.0%

5 or more breaches

3.2%

3.5%

3.6%

3.7%

3.8%

4.2%

3.6%

Proportion of people who breached (combined)

16.1%

16.3%

15.9%

16.1%

16.6%

16.7%

15.1%

Source: Victoria Police Law Enforcement Assistance Program data collected by Crime Statistics Agency


Footnotes

1 The figures in this measure refer to people on orders including a family violence intervention order, interim family violence intervention order and/or a family violence safety notice.

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