Alarming crime statistics
According to data released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) on Wednesday, about one in three homicide offences and sexual assaults were family and domestic violence related last year.
The figures, which reflect a period before COVID-19 lockdowns were expected to put even more pressure on people in domestic violence situations, pain a bleak picture of the numbers we can expect to see when the figures for 2020 are eventually released.
Among the other 2019 crime figures released by the ABS, victims of robbery increased for the fourth consecutive year to 11,775 victims and there were 58,021 victims of motor vehicle theft, the highest number recorded in seven years.
What do you think of these figures? Do you expect the overall crime rate to drop in 2020, given the restrictions on movement for parts of the year? Does more need to be done about domestic violence in Australia?