Family violence at ‘horrendous’ levels 25 Nov 2012Police investigated more than 77,500 domestic violence cases in the past 20 months, launching inquiries at a rate equal to five incidents every hour, new figures show. Of cases investigated between January 2011 and October 2012, 43,500 involved family members being injured and 2235 involved sexual assault, figures provided from police to Labour under the Official Information Act show. It comes at a time that police annual reports show a 50 per cent rise in people killed in domestic violence incidents over the past three years – 18 people killed in 2008, rising to 27 last year. Police did not publish comparative data for 2009 or 2010. Labour’s women’s affairs spokeswoman Sue Moroney described the rate of family violence is “horrendous”. Although rising statistics have been attributed to increased reporting of domestic violence in the past, Moroney says preventative measures aren’t working if more people are being killed. “You can probably make an assessment that family violence is on the increase as well as reported incidents.”