A report titled 'Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Sentencing for Contravention' has just been released by the Sentencing Advisory Council.
This contains some interesting facts and figures about family violence in Australia.
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'Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Sentencing for Contravention' reveals that since 2004-04, reports of family violence have increased by 72.8 per cent.
This doesn't necessarily mean that family violence is becoming more prevalent - it may simply denote that people are more willing to come forward and admit there's a problem at home.
There has also been an 82.2 per cent rise in the number of "intervention orders made by the Magistrates' Court".
It seems that fines, adjourned undertakings and community orders are still the most common sentences for "intervention order contravention". Out of these, fines were handed out 25.8 per cent of the time.
For repeat offenders, imprisonment is the most common sentence, being imposed in 21.7 per cent of cases.