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Family violence rates in Queensland soar but sex crimes, robberies down

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Domestic violence offences in Queensland have skyrocketed and overall crime has also increased according to official state government statistics.

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Queensland statisticians found breaches of domestic violence orders jumped by nearly 20 per cent in the last finical year to more than 33,800, continuing a long term trend.

Over the past 10 years in Queensland, such crimes have increased by nearly 188 per cent, from 228.7 offences per 100,000 people to 658.2 per 100,000 people.

In Logan-Beaudesert, the rate of breaches has climbed by more than 320 per cent over the past decade, according to the report.

Murder offences were also up by more than 20 per cent over the year, with the state’s Crime Report finding that there were 54 reported murders in Queensland in 2019-20.

However, sexual offices were down more than nine per cent and robbery offences decreased by eight per cent.

The report, the first in the state which takes a comprehensive look at crime during the early months of the coronavirus pandemic, provides further evidence that domestic violence offences continued to tick up during the lockdowns and other restrictions meant to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The report noted that the restrictions “had an immediate and noticeable impact on levels of criminal activity” in the last three months of 2019-20, resulting in lower rates of reported criminal offences during that period.

However, despite this, it said the annual reported crime rate was 0.3 per cent higher than the previous year.

Police Minister Mark Ryan said while total number of criminal offences reported in Queensland increased by two per cent in 2019-20, the number of unique offences was down by 4.5 per cent.

“This indicates the fewer offences are committing more crime,” he said.

“While this report shows that fewer Queenslanders are committing offences in the first place, the fact is, crime is still happening, and for those who are the victims the impact can be traumatic.”

He said Queensland Police would use the report to evaluate trends and emerging issues in crime.

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