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A new, statewide register will give frontline Victoria Police officers information on high-risk family violence offenders.

The Family Violence Report tool helps officers predict the likelihood of future family violence to improve how police respond to call outs.

“In the past 12 months to March this year, police responded to more than 81,000 incidents of family violence,” Family Violence Command Assistant Commissioner Dean McWhirter said in a statement.

“These incidents can be complex and police are often required to make assessments in stressful circumstances to keep people safe.”

Family violence and violence against women was core police work, accounting for approximately 40 to 60 per cent of frontline police time, he said.

The new reporting system will give officers more guidance to understand the intricacies of relationships and risk levels.

“It also allows police to collect consistent information to better track repeat offenders and those who breach intervention orders,” Mr McWhirter said.

“The highest risk cases will be triaged to the specialist Family Violence Investigation Units, responsible for investigating and managing Victoria’s most serious family violence.”

The Family Violence Report has been trialled for two years, developed with Swinburne University and Forensicare and will be rolled out across Victoria on Wednesday.
Source 7News