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Family violence in Tasmania

Safe Homes, Safe Families: Responding and Reporting

Family violence in Tasmania


When Safe Homes, Safe Families was released, it was acknowledged that greater community awareness and intolerance of family violence would help victims to feel more confident to report offences, which may lead to increased reporting.

Tasmania Police data from the 2015/16 financial year (1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016) shows a 14.3 per cent increase in the reported incidence of family violence in Tasmania [1]

Tasmania Police attended 5,128 family violence arguments and incidents, compared with 4,486 in 2014/15.

Bar graph showing the number of arguments and incidents through financial year 2014/15 and 2015/16 

Also in the 2015/16 financial year, 1,984 Police Family Violence Orders (PFVOs) and Family Violence Orders (FVOs) were issued, compared with 1,684 in 2014/15; an increase of 17.8 per cent. There were 1,651 breaches of PFVOs and FVOs, compared with 1,286 in 2014/15; an increase of 28.4 per cent. The figures for FVOs only include applications made by Police and do not capture private applications.

Bar graph showing the number of Police Family Violence Orders and Police Applications for Family Violence Orders issued in financial year 2014/15 and financial year 2015/16 

Reported breaches of PFVOs and FVOs are attended by Tasmania Police. The three additional police prosecutors appointed under Safe Homes, Safe Families, are ensuring the consistent and specialised prosecution of family violence offences, including breaches.

Preliminary data from the Department of Justice indicates that in the 2015/16 financial year, there has been an increase in the number of defendants found guilty of breaching FVOs and PFVOs under s35(1) of the Family Violence Act 2004 (Tas). 

While an increase in the reported incidence of family violence following the release of Safe Homes, Safe Families was expected, reporting levels are predicted to stabilise over the next few years, in line with long-term trends.


The graph below shows the reported incidence of family violence over the past seven financial years.

Family violence trends in Tasmania from financial year 2009/10 - 2015/16 

[1] Data sourced from the June 2016 Tasmania Police Corporate Report available at www.police.tas.gov.au . Please note data for the 2014/15 Year was revised in June 2016.