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Family violence and Sexual Offences have increased across Geelong

Family violence and intervention order breaches, and sexual offences have increased across Geelong in the year since Australia’s COVID-19 pandemic began

A report released yesterday reveals intervention breaches are up by 41%, and sexual offences up by 16% Geelong police point to a rise in stress experienced by households over the pandemic, and elevated trust in the police force.

“COVID has added a lot of stress physically, mentally and financially on individuals and families,” Geelong Superintendent Peter Ward said.

“I have no doubt that there are some correlations between those stressors and instances of family violence.”

Burglaries decreased by a third, assaults dropped by nine per cent and theft was down by a quarter, including decreases of just under a third in both vehicle theft and thefts from vehicles.