The Australian Bureau of Statistics says that in the year ending March 2018, more than 6,000 people were in court for domestic violence cases.
The figures are published in the latest ABS quarterly domestic violence survey.
It’s a significant increase on the 5,624 recorded cases in the same period last year.
The rise is partly due to changes in the way cases are processed.
Domestic violence cases are now more often dealt with in the courts, rather than through police, and police are able to charge people who refuse to come to court.
But it also comes at a cost.
Police say it is now far easier to get domestic violence restraining orders than they were just a few years ago.
“Domestic Violence in Australia is an issue that we are seeing in more and more places in Australia,” Detective Inspector Mark Gillett from the NSW Police Department told the ABC.
“We’ve had a significant rise in the number of domestic violence offences over the last couple of years.”
This is because we have an increase in the availability of the court system, and that allows for a greater number of cases to be dealt with and people to get the restraining orders they need.
“Police say there has been a rise in domestic violence in the past yearThe numbers of cases involving domestic violence rose by more than 40 per cent in the first six months of 2018.
More than a quarter of these cases involved victims aged between 15 and 24.
Of those who were arrested, more are now being charged with offences such as stalking and sexual assault.
Detective Inspector Mark said he was particularly concerned by the increase in domestic assault cases involving children.
He said it was “quite shocking” to see children being charged and jailed for a crime they did not commit.”
In the last 12 months we’ve had 17 children, including five boys and two girls aged between 14 and 17, being charged, jailed, and facing a custodial sentence for offences they didn’t commit,” he said.
They are being charged under the age of 16 for offences such, for example, being in a public place, being drunk, or possessing a dangerous weapon. AAP/ABC