The Central Goldfields has ranked as one of the top five worst areas for family violence in the state according to new data from the Crime Statistics Agency.
The data, released late last year, recorded total numbers of family incidents (an incident attended by Victoria Police where a Risk Assessment and Risk Management report was completed, which is filled out when family violence incidents, inter-familial-related sexual offences and child abuse are reported to police) in local government areas and the rates of affected family members per 100,000 population.
In the Central Goldfields, 342 family incidents were recorded between July 2017 and June 2018, or 2603.9 per 100,000 population.
The shire came in fifth compared to all local government areas in Victoria, with Latrobe recording the highest amount of incidents at 2611 and 3482.4 per 100,000 population, Mildura in second with 1691 incidents and 3045.8 per 100,000, Swan Hill in third with 630 and 3020.8 per 100,000, and East Gippsland in fourth at 1260 and 2705.1 per 100,000.
The worst months for Central Goldfields over the 2017-18 period were March and June where 35 and 37 incidents were recorded respectively.
Of the 342 incidents recorded in the Central Goldfields, the most common category was breaches of orders and assault and related offences.
In 84 of the 342 incidents recorded, family violence intervention orders were sought, while 258 were not.
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