A GROUND breaking initiative for local residents will begin this month in an effort to address Wangaratta’s shocking record in family violence incidents.
The Ovens Murray Integrated Family Violence Committee will hold 10 monthly sessions for people impacted or interested in family violence to hear about the committee’s work and discuss issues of concern.
VicHealth data for January to June 2016 showed incidents of family violence in Wangaratta were well above the state average – 138.83 incidents per 10,000 people compared to 115.5 statewide and 124.5 for the entire Hume region.
“The reports we have show the number of incidents are not reducing but what we want is an increase in first-time reports and a decrease in recidivist incidents,” Wangaratta-based regional integration coordinator Tammy Smith told the Wangaratta Chronicle.
“It may well mean that the more information people have the more reports will come.
“It isn’t necessarily a negative…it can indicate that people are more aware and more willing to come forward.