Family Violence and Reoffending

Reoffending Following Sentencing for Contravening a Family Violence Intervention Order or Safety Notice

The Council has studied factors associated with reoffending and prior offences of the 1,898 offenders sentenced for contravening a family violence intervention order or family violence safety notice in Victoria in the financial year 2009–10. The study examined offending by this group in the five years before and the five years after 2009–10. The 1,898 offenders were sentenced for 28,749 charges (of any kind) over the 11-year period examined (1 July 2004 to 30 June 2015 inclusive).

The Council found that people sentenced for breaching a family violence order had a higher five-year reoffending rate (53%) than offenders in general (37%). There were clear differences in the rate and nature of reoffending according to the age and gender of offenders, whether offenders had prior offences, and the type of prior offences that they had. Over half of the family violence offenders had prior convictions (58%), and a substantially larger proportion of people with prior convictions reoffended (67%) than those without prior convictions (32% reoffended).

The Council also found a link between the number of times a person was sentenced for breaching an intervention order or safety notice and the likelihood that the person would also be sentenced for an assault/cause injury offence or a criminal damage offence (against anyone) in the 11-year study period.

Contravention of Family Violence Intervention Orders and Safety Notices: Prior Offences and Reoffending was released in August 2016.

The project builds on the Council’s previous work on reoffending, including:

The project also adds to our research on sentencing for contravention of family violence intervention orders and safety notices: